Again, Boko Haram Kills 35 Persons In Borno, Sets Entire Village On Fire
SAN FRANCISCO, March 03, (THEWILL) - There appears to be no stop to the killings by rampaging Boko Haram insurgents in Borno State as the terrorists launched yet another deadly attack on the state Sunday night, killing no fewer than 35 persons.
The Sunday night attack by the outlawed sect in Mafa, a village which lies 45 kilometres to the east of Maiduguri, is the third within 24 hours.
Two earlier attacks by Boko Haram in Ajilari- Bintu Sugar in Maiduguri and Mainok on Saturday claimed 91 lives.
Security sources as well as eyewitnesses disclosed that 32 civilians and three policemen were killed in the Mafa attack on Sunday night with the civilian casualties buried on Monday according to Islamic rites.
The Senator representing the area, Ahmed Zannah, disclosed that the residents of the village actually got wind of the plan by the insurgents to attack the area and many,especially women and children, had actually fled the village before Sunday night attack.
Senator Zannah however said that "a bomb exploded this morning (Monday) and two policemen were killed while trying to evacuate the injured victims.
" According to the senator, " I have officially received a detailed report from my constituents in Mafa that 29 people among which was a woman died during the attack.
"I was reliably informed by my people that all the soldiers in Mafa fled during the attack because they could not stand the superior weapons of the Boko-Haram ".
Zannah disclosed that the military authorities in Borno State had officially informed the Borno State Government of the incident, stressing that seven soldiers deployed to Mafa were yet to be accounted for.
Narrating his experience, a survivor of the attack and resident of Mafa, Modu Yuraim, said:"We have performed the burial of 32 persons, among them was a woman.
" Disclosing that the gunmen came in various vehicles at about 8pm Sunday night, he said they started shooting sporadically, and in the process, the houses in the village made of thatched roofs caught fire.
"They have set on fire the entire village, sparing nothing.
All houses, all shops and government buildings were razed down completely; we have been devastated beyond what one can describe," he lamented.
Confirming the attack, the Borno State Police Commissioner, Lawan Tanko, said though the attack took place, he had no details of the casualty figure when filing this report.