Boko Haram Burns Churches in Borno, Says Next Target is a Local Govt Secretariat
Suspected members of the Boko Haram sect on Wednesday set no less than five churches ablaze in Kwajaffa, Tashan Alade and other communities in Hawul Local Government Area of Borno.
Hawul, a predominantly Christian community, 30 kilometres to Biu Local Government Area and 220 kilometres drive from Maiduguri, the state capital has witnessed series of attacks by suspected members of the group the last of which occurred on Sunday where two soldiers and three civilians were killed, while a police station was set ablaze.
It was gathered that the gunmen invaded the affected communities on Wednesday in the night using Improvised Explosive Devices and petrol bombs targeted at the churches before setting them ablaze.
It was also gathered that the gunmen after destroying the churches told some communities members that their next target was the Local Government Headquarters Secretariat in Hawul.
Although, no life was lost, the gunmen operated freely without confrontation from either residents or security operatives.
The Caretaker Chairman of Hawul Local Government Area, Dr. Andrew Usman Malgwi confirmed the burning of churches in some of his communities with the threats that “the Council Secretariat will be the next target of the terrorists”.
He explained that the insurgents have now shifted their deadly attacks and destruction to Hawul, and therefore called on the Government to immediately deploy troops to safeguard lives and property of innocent citizens.
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