The Boko Haram terrorists have killed 13 people and sacked two villages overnight in the restive town of Konduga in Borno State, North East Nigeria.
This was confirmed by the General Officer Commanding (GOC), 7 Division of the Nigerian Army, Brig.-Gen. Bulama Biu, confirmed the attack on Thursday in Maiduguri, Borno state capital.
Biu however, noted that troops had risen to the occasion and had repelled the invaders, who had repeatedly attacked communities in the Konduga Local Government Area over the years.
He disclosed that he had visited the attacked communities, Bularin and Kofa, including camps in the communities, housing thousands of displaced people.
“I was there. We recovered one dead body and saw burnt houses. Troops have been following up on the attackers,” he said.
Army had in its tweet early Thursday stated @HQNigerianArmy: “Troops Foil BHTs Attempted Attack on IDP Camp: Troops of 251 Task Force Battalion successfully foiled a BHT attempted Attack on Kofa Village and Dalori IDP camp in Maiduguri, Borno State on October 31, 2018 at about 10 pm.
“The terrorists gained access through a bush part behind the village in 4 vehicles and some motorcycles.
“They ransacked the market in front of the IDP camp.
“On sighting Nigerian Army troops that were mobilized to the area, they set some houses and the market ablaze and fled along Maiduguri-Bama Road.
” However, one civilian was found dead.
“Own troops are presently assisting the villagers who ran into the bush back to their homes while the Borno State Fire Service have contained the inferno.”
Also speaking, a member of a militia, known as Civilian Joint Task Force, Mr. Alfred Audu, who claimed he was on duty at the time of the attack, said the insurgents engaged troops in a bid to force their way into the communities.
Audu said the insurgents were pushed back when fighter planes were deployed to confront the invaders.
Another eye-witness, who gave his name simply as Alhaji Modu, said that hundreds of the insurgents on trucks with mounted guns and motorcycles, attacked the communities at about 7:45 p.m.
Modu said the insurgents launched rocket attacks and forced their way into the IDP camps and also attacked homes with ferocious fire.
He said that nine people were killed at Bularin IDP Camp and three others in the Kofa IDP Camp.
He said: “An Islamic cleric together with his wife and three children were burnt to death when the insurgents sacked their home at Bularin IDP Camp.
“They burnt down the village market, shops, houses, animals and vehicles. Many people died in the attack while others are still missing.
“Bularin village was razed and several tents in the camp destroyed. Many people were displaced in the attack.”
Credits | NAN