Boko Haram attacks Adamawa villages

By AdvocateNews on 27/03/2019

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The District Head of Duhu and  the surrounding communities in  Adamawa State, Mohammed Sanusi, said  on Tuesday Boko Haram fighters  attacked two villages in Michika and Madagali on Monday night, burning houses and looting food stores. The incidents forced many of the villagers   to flee  their homes.

Some of the villagers,  who spoke to our correspondents from their hideouts,  said   the sick, the elderly and  children were threatened at gunpoint by the insurgents.

However,  our correspondents could not confirm if lives were lost during the attacks.

According to Sanusi, the insurgents were on a revenge mission  after they were repelled by troops  when they attacked  Michika and Madagali seven days earlier.

Unconfirmed  reports  said the attacks had   something to do with the  political uncertainty in the state after the Independent National Electoral Commission declared  the March 9 governorship election  inconclusive.

Sanusi  said, “Boko Haram fighters attacked  Kofar Adamawa and Kofar Borno at about  6.30pm on Monday night. They burnt  half of the houses in Kofar Adamawa and  razed  the houses   in Kofar Borno. They marched through the villages, threatening to kill whoever challenged them. When they came to Michika seven days ago, they came in through these two villages because their usual routes were blocked by villagers and soldiers. I cannot confirm now if there were casualties.

“The  last time they came, they destroyed Union Bank’s vault but there was no money there. They stole medicines from drugstores, petrol from functioning stations and foodstuffs from markets and stores. But when the soldiers confronted them, they left some of their vehicles behind with the items.”

He  said  soldiers were unable to  reach  Kofar Borno to confront the terrorists  because of the  trenches along   the   bank of the river  between  Adamawa and Borno states.

“To stop the insurgents from  attacking the villages, trenches were dug along the bank of the river separating the villages from Sambisa Forest where the insurgents have their base.

“But  on Monday, they left their vehicles on the other side of the river and marched into the villages. Troops  were unable to reach the villages from Michika  because of the trenches. That was why the insurgents were able to burn the whole of Kofar Borno.”

Posted 27/03/2019 07:15:03 AM


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