NIGERIA: Boko Haram kills 4, abducts women in Borno village

NIGERIA, Maiduguri – Four civilians have been killed and several women abducted after Boko Haram insurgents attacked Kau-Tuva, a village in Borno state, controlled by the Damboa local government, on Tuesday (14th June) witnesses and military have said.

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Boko Haram (Image: Screenshot of the armed group’s footage, taken on March 2016)

It is thought that the events were perpetrated by insurgents fleeing the Sambisa forest in the aftermath a sustained counter-insurgency campaign launched by the Nigerian military months ago.

A source from Damboa, who spoke with journalists on the phone said, “those who attacked our village were Boko Haram.” He further stressed “they came to our village at about 5:00am local time, an hour after Sarr ‘Ramadan Fasting’ meal observation and when Muslims had just concluded the early dawn prayers. The village was surrounded and they started burning all houses.”

“Many people were forced to flee their houses as Boko Haram fired shots at them, killing four villagers in the process. They also kidnapped three women”.

Military spokesman, Colonel Sani Usman, confirmed the attack. He said in a statement, issued on Wednesday, saying the number of women abducted was actually four.

In a similar vein, a team of local vigilantes in Damboa, led by Sarkin Yaki Ali Gwoza intercepted some persons along Njaba road, south of the town while on patrol.

The detained people have confessed to being members of Boko Haram during interrogation. All of them confirmed they were compelled to join the sect against their will, saying they were on their way to Damboa to surrender to the Nigerian military.

Source: Premium Times Nigeria