247News: 22 Killed As Boko Haram, Fulani Herdsmen Raid

No fewer than 22 people were killed on Sunday, December 13,
following separate raids launched in Borno and Plateau states, by Boko
Haram and Fulani herdsmen.

An assault by Boko Haram, saw the demise of eight people and
the burning down of several houses in separate attacks on Mangari and
Warawara villages in Biu local government area of Borno state

In a separate attck by Fulani herdsmen, 14 people were killed at Kwata in Jos South local government area of Plateau state.

According to This Day, Mangari and Warawara villages are about five
kilometres and seven kilometres away respectively from Buratai. It is worthy to note that Buratai is the home town of the Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Tukur Buratai.

According to John Dalyop a source in Plateau community,  the herdsmen
had written to warn the community of Kwata, Trade Centre, and Kuru that
they were not going to enjoy a peaceful Christmas season, but the
communities took the warning lightly.

However, on Sunday night, the Fulani rustlers lived up to their
threat, attacking about six houses in Kwata leaving not less than 14
dead. Dalyop said the attackers, who arrived the community at about 8p.m,
broke into their houses through the weak doors and windows most of which
are made from zinc roofing sheets.

“They hacked down helpless children and women, leaving them in
the pool of their blood. Others, who tried to escape into the nearby
bush were shot by the attackers,”
Daylop informed.

Another source from the community, who described the incident as
dastardly, added that the attackers communicated only in English and
Hausa languages throughout the raid. The unnamed source added that the men in the community were yet to return home from where they had gone to relax.

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He said the resident hid in-between the ridges of the farmland all
through the about 30-minutes raid. Adding that, the security operatives
only arrived about an hour after the attackers had escaped into the
nearby hills.

Littered around the attacked compound were corpses of the victims, while the injured were rushed to the hospital.

spokesman of special task force (STF), Capt Ikedichi Iweha, suspecting a reprisal, said: “two
days ago two Fulani men were killed in Wereng village and suspecting
there will a reprisal we moved our men to the village (Wereng) but
unfortunately they attacked a different village.

“We had invited the district of Wereng to explain what happened in his village, but he has been on the run. “The Kwata community also had at one time rejected the deployment
of security men to the area, claiming they could defend themselves;
with this attack they now know that they don’t have such weapon to
withstand the attackers.”


Capt Iweha advised that an eye for an eye would not solve the problem. He therefore appealed for calm.

He added that there is a deployment of soldiers to ensure that tranquility is restored to the area.

On the other hand, a resident of Mangari who fled to Miringa town, Mallam Ibrahim Abubakar, spoke to newsmen on phone.

He said members of the Boko Haram sect besieged his village at about 3:15pm on Sunday.

Mallam Abubakar informed that the insurgents came on motorcycles and bicycles.

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He said they shot sporadically, vandalizing and setting houses on fire.

Abubakar said: “I saw three person who were killed and their corpses laid on the streets.”

“When we arrived Miringa I was told that five other person were
missing, I cannot, up till now, tell you their whereabouts, we cannot
say whether they were equally killed or abducted by the rampaging
he added.

The attack on Warawara reportedly took place just after the assault was launched on Mangari village.

According to residents of the village, the insurgents moved to
Warawara, setting virtually all the building ablaze and killing
indiscriminately. Ismail Azeez, a resident of Warawara, said the attackers came at
about 6:15am on Monday, December 14, setting houses ablaze, and killing
five people.

Azeez said: “The Boko Haram terrorist killed five person in our
village including my brother, as I am speaking to you now our village
head and other elders of the town have gone to bury the copses and I
believe when they come back we will know the number of those killed and
their identities.”

Investigations are still on regarding the Fulani herdsmen attack,
while the Nigerian army still continues its tactical assaults on Boko
Haram strongholds.

A recent report by the Nigerian army, informs that troops operating
in Bama axis on a fighting patrol, have cleared Boko Haram terrorists
out of Aulari general area located within the Sambisa forest.

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