Boko Haram Strikes 4 Chibok Villages 15 Days After Sending Threat Letter
15 days after it wrote a letter to Chibok promising to visit again, members of the Boko Haram terrorists group on Sunday invaded four villages near Chibok, killing many people and setting churches ablaze.
The sect amidst the outcry and grief experienced by Chibok town following the abduction of over 200 girls from a government schol had on June 14 circulated letters to several of the Chibok villages promising to make a return. It however did not make a demand as is typical of previous threat.
The sect in carrying out its threat simultaneously struck Kautikari, Nasarawa, Gwaradina and Kwadake villages in the Chibok community, member of a local vigilante, who declined to be named, told the Hausa service of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).
“Air force plane was sent to the area for counter-attack; unfortunately the plane could not get there in good time to rescue the villagers,” he said.
A survivor of the attack on Kautikiri village, Samuel Chibok, said that around 20 men in a Toyota pick-up truck and motorcycles rolled into the town, sprayed it with bullets, focusing much of their firepower on panicky worshippers in a local church.
“Initially I thought they were military people but, when I came out, they were firing at people. I saw people fleeing and they burned our houses,” he said.
Confirming the incident to the BBC, the senator representing Borno South senatorial district, Mohammed Ali Ndume, and the House member representing Askira-Uba, Peter Biye, said they were informed of the attack in the four villages but he could not confirm the casualties as at the time of filing this report.
Members of the vigilante on rescue mission have said they have picked more than 30 corpses in three different burnt churches and surrounding bushes after the gunmen attacked two communities in Chibok local government area of Borno State.
The attackers, according to witnesses, stormed the village of Kwada, 10km away from Chibok, and opened fire on worshippers performing the Sunday service in various churches.
gathered that about three churches in Kwada village comprising COCCIN, EYN and Deeper Life Bible Church were attacked by the insurgents who stormed the village about 8:30am yesterday.
“We have so far recovered more than 30 corpses, but we got more of them from the EYN church where the Boko Haram gunmen first attacked in Kawada,” said a vigilante member who pleaded anonymity for his personal safety.
The vigilante member said they were not impressed with the response of the soldiers in Chibok who, he said, got an earlier alert about the attack but shied away from directly confronting the attackers.
“We are disappointed with the soldiers. When we heard about the attack in Kwada, we raised the alarm and informed the soldiers, but instead of going into the town to confront them, they stood from a distance outside the village, under a tree and began to shoot no target. The gunmen finished with Kwada and proceeded to Kautikari, where they attacked people there until 11:30am when they finally left. We cannot say how many people were killed in Kwada yet.”
Borno State governor Kashim Shettima, who was billed to travel yesterday, had to put off the trip as he received the news of the ongoing attack.
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