Boko Haram Unleash Terror In Borno – 12 Killed, 1 School Burnt

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About 12 people are feared dead and a school burnt in separate attacks which rocked the Borno state capital, Maiduguri.

This is just as gunmen slaughtered five people in Jiddari Polo, with another five killed at another place.

Although no one has claimed responsibility for the attacks, it is believed that the gunmen are members of the Islamic sect, Boko Haram.

It was gathered that the gunmen who were in large numbers, on Tuesday raided some houses at Polo Jiddari ward of Maiduguri, where they slaughtered five people.

It was also learnt that another set of the attackers killed four people in London Ciki area and one person at Baga Road, at about 5.00 p.m.

A source who resides in Federal low cost Housing estate said that three abandoned Volkswagen Golf car and three Auto rickshaws aka Keke NAPEP belonging to the gunmen was burnt by soldiers, who pursued them into a house where they took cover.

The source who craved anonymity said: “Nobody knows the number of gunmen or the people killed in the raid on the house where the gunmen took cover, but we believe many people, perhaps innocent ones, might have been trapped in the houses while the soldiers bombarded the house with gunfire. Many, we believed, have died.”

However, a statement released by the Joint task Force on Operation Restore Order in Borno State said “some suspected gunmen killed three people at about 3.00 a.m today (Wednesday) in Jiddari-Pulo, Maiduguri metropolis.

“The JTF was alerted; it cordoned off the area, arrested three suspects and recovered one assault rifle with 10 rounds of ammunition. Two gunmen lost their lives and a soldier was wounded during an exchange of fire. The suspects are in JTF custody and effort is on to apprehend the fleeing members of the gang.”

Meanwhile, gunmen were said to have attacked Binta Sugar area of Maiduguri and burnt down Gomari II Primary School in the area at about 7.00 p.m on Tuesday.

Also, at about 11.00 a.m, violence erupted at Shehuri ward of Maiduguri, following a bomb blast, which was believed to have been planted by suspected members of Boko Haram insurgents.

Spokesman of the JTF, Lieutenant-Colonel Sagir Musa, confirmed the development, adding that though no life was lost, the security outfit was able to arrest 10 suspects.

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