Boko Haram Kills 11 Persons, Injures Others In Nigeria - Cameroon Border Town
SAN FRANCISCO, March 14, (THEWILL) - Boko Haram gunmen struck again Wednesday in the Nigeria - Cameroon border town of Pulka in Gwoza council area of Borno State, killing 11 persons and injuring three others.
The gunmen were said to have stormed the town Wednesday night and were alleged to have torched a Catholic Church, St.
Peter's Catholic Church, Pulka where they vandalised the priest's house and office.
Pulka is a border town with Cameroon, and 119 kilometres southeast of Maiduguri, the state capital.
An eyewitness said the gunmen came in Toyota Hilux vehicles and buses, with one of their leaders ordering that the Reverend Father should be brought out to be dealt with as he insisted that none of the houses should be set ablaze.
The eyewitness said the gunmen chanted in Hausa that: "where is their leader, the Priest," but the Parish Priest was however scared as he had earlier left home for Michika town to do some repairs on his vehicle.
"God never wanted him to die so soon.
On his return this afternoon to Pulka, he was greeted with the corpses of 11 members of his Church who had been slaughtered in cold blood.
" It was learnt that many people have fled the town to the hilltops for safety.
He also said some of the slain residents were also slaughtered as they attempted fleeing the town.
The border community of Pulka had been severally attacked by BokoHaram.
The District Head of the area was slain early last year, including 29 other residents killed in 2012 and 2013.
"Towards the end of last year, in October; series of attacks were recorded here; as unknown gun men attacked five of our communities, killing dozens, destroying houses and looting our farm produce as well as animals," a local source said.
He added that the military should step up their operations as the townBhas become one of the escape routes of insurgents who fled fromBSambisa Forest.