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14 civilians 2 soldiers and 3 policemen confirmed dead in Benishiekattack of wednesday.

By Ibrahim-Gwamna Mshelizza

14 civilians of Benishiek have been confirmed killed in Wednesday's attack by Boko Haram members on the town.

Alhaji Bunu Kaigama Chairman of Kaga local government council told governor Kashim Shettima,"14 people lost their lives within the town yesterday from the attack by Boko Haram members. Many others were killed along the road to Maiduguri and Damaturu".

Governor Kashim Shettima was on a sympathy visit to Benishiek and to see for himself the extent of damage inflicted on the town from Wednesday's attack.

Addressing the people , the governor said,"please don't leave your tpwn inspite of the trauma you are umdergoing due to the unfortunate experience. Government is going to rebuild all the houses destroyed by the attackers and as soon as I leave here I will constitute a five man committee which will be given 50 million naira to come and commence work immediately".

"Everyone who has lost something will be compensated to enable them have a fresh start. All vehicles burnt or taken away by the insurgents will equally be replaced", he said.

The governor urged the people not to leave thier ancesteral home as government will do everything within its power to make life worth living again for them.

"Families of the 14 deceased shall be given 250, 000 naira each"the governor said.

At the security post an officer Lt. Col Babalola told the governor that 2 soldiers and 3 policemen also lost thier lives in Wednesday's encounter.

An elder Jibrin Shuwa 66 years old had told reuters "the boko haram came and took away all our foodstuff living us with nothing to eat".

Earlier on the way to Benishiek reuters saw two truck loads of dead bodies being conveyed to Maiduguri by staffers of the borno state environment board.while 15 trucks, 18 vehicles, 8 motorcycles and 6 bicycles eere burnt by the wayside.

Governor Kashim Shettima had stopped over to see the dead who were being conveyed although the number of dead was not disclosed to him. Reuters correspondent on the entourage also saw three bodies which had not yet been loaded onto the trucks conveying the dead.