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Boko Haram Kills Two APC Chieftains In Borno

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SAN FRANCISCO, April 22, (THEWILL) â€' Boko Haram gunmen struck Monday morning along the Maiduguri-Dikwa road near Mafa town in Borno State, killing the Kala/Balge council chairman of All Progressives Congress (APC), Alhaji Modu Janga, and the party's Youths Leader, Alhaji Abba, in what appeared to be an ambush.

THEWILL gathered that the two APC Chieftains were on their way back to Gudumbali after a meeting in Maiduguri, the State capital, before their vehicle was ambushed around Mafa.

A resident of the area, Fogu Fannami, who witnessed the incident, told THEWILL that the gunmen, who blocked the road with wood and tree branches, stopped the vehicle conveying their target and shot them immediately they were identified before fleeing towards Dikwa, a border town with Cameroon.

'The party chairman along with other passengers in the ambushed vehicle, were first flagged down by the insurgents who demanded for identification, they were shot dead after they were identified as politicians.'

He added: 'Three gunmen on motorcycles shot dead the two people at close range; and fled towards Dikwa…These gunmen could have targeted the APC officials returning to the council area of Kala/Balge, before they were ambushed on that road leading to Gudumbali, the council headquarters.'

Confirming the incident on Tuesday in Maiduguri, the chairman of Kala/Balge Council, Alhaji Alifa Bukar Rann, said the two APC Chieftains were killed near Mafa town while returning to Gudumbali for an official engagement.

A senior police officer, who craved anonymity, also confirmed the incident, saying the gunmen ambushed a vehicle on Dikwa road on Monday, killing two persons before the security agents closed the road for about two hours.