Soldiers Flee, Goes into Hiding as Boko Haram Kill Scores in Chibok
Nigerian soldiers reportedly flee and went to hide in the bush as Boko Haram gunmen unleashed fresh attacks on churches in the Chibok area of Borno state today.
The Boko Haram insurgents stormed Kwada and Kautikari when most residents were worshipping in different Churches, witnesses said.
Residents said dozens of people may have been killed in the raids on the villages located roughly 10 kilometres outside of Chibok
They said the gunmen struck first in Kwada, where they attacked worshippers and set fire to at least four Churches, including COCCIN church, EYN church and Deeper Life Bible Church.
Kwada is about 10 kilometres from Chibok, where extremist Boko Haram abducted nearly 300 schoolgirls more than two months ago. Kautikari is about seven kilometres from Chibok.
A resident of Kwada, who identified himself as Mallam Yahi, told journalists that armed men attacked worshippers and burned Churches and houses in Kwada, before heading to Kautikari.
Several residents fled into the bushes to escape the attack, Mr. Yahi said.
One of the houses destroyed in Kautikari belonged to a special assistant to the Borno State governor.
The Borno State police spokesperson, Gideon Jubrin, said he had been informed of the attack, but declined to give details.
“My attention was brought to the incident by a reporter and we have been battling to connect with our Divisional headquarters in Chibok for details, but it seems all the communication networks are down or something,” he said.
The strings of attacks in around Chibok seems to be a playout of the threat by the Boko Haram group to visit the town.
Few weeks ago, suspected Boko Haram militants delivered letters to communities around Chibok threatening attacks soon.
In May, over 200 schoolgirls were abducted from the town and are yet to be rescued two months after.
It is not clear whether the group made any demand as they are known to do with such threats.
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