It was yet another day of blood when Boko Haram attacked a community in North-Central part of Borno State, killing at least, 50 people on Sunday. The same cruel fate befell worshippers in a church in Madagali Local Government Area of Adamawa State when about 40 people including two policemen were killed, also on same Sunday. About 90 people died in the two incidents.
In Borno, Boko Haram men reportedly stormed Kawuri village in Konduga Local Government, about 45 kilometers to Maiduguri, the state capital and birthplace of the insurgency. The attack, according to sources, occurred on Sunday evening and lasted till the early hours of yesterday. Residents described it as “bloody and tragic.”
Police sources said the attackers who came in large number and wore military camouflage, invaded the community at about 5pm on Sunday. Residents initially mistook them for soldiers until it dawned on them that they were actually Boko Haram men.
“They started putting fire in people’s houses after killing many people,” a police source claimed, adding that they also shot “indiscriminately and continued in that manner until the early hours of yesterday (Monday).” The source said the casualty was higher because Sunday was the community market day. “Many people usually pass the night there or leave late in the night,” another source stated.
Police Commissioner, Lawan Tanko, confirmed the attack to newsmen. He said 40 people were killed while 25 others were injured in the attack. He did not, however, give further details on the attack. Military sources said troops from the 7 Division have been immediately deployed to cordon off the area and prevent further attack.
Meanwhile, it was a bloody Sunday when Boko Haram attacked a church in Chakawa village in Madagali LGA.
Residents of the affected village, who fled the area, told newsmen that they were attacked by gunmen suspected to be Boko Haram during Sunday service in the morning.
A resident, who identified himself as Moses, said though he could not ascertain the death toll, many people were killed. According to him, about 16 people were evacuated from the church.
Another resident, who identified himself as Apagu, claimed that some houses were also attacked by the gunmen, who took some men hostage, while two policemen, an inspector and a sergeant, who were on guard in the church, were killed on the spot.
All efforts to get the military and police authorities for comments proved abortive. However, members of the public are jittery over the incident.
The Chairman of Madagali council, Maina Ularamu, confirmed the attack, but declined to disclose the number of casualty.