It seems Islamist sect, Boko Haram, has launched a revenge mission.
Seven persons, including a soldier have been reportedly killed in a raid by the terror group in both Bam and Gajigana villages of Biu and Magumeri local government areas of Borno state.
Vanguard reports that the insurgents who were at Bam village at about 3:30 am over the weekend left with an unspecified numbers of unmarried teenage girls unchallenged. They killed three persons alongside a soldier and injured many in Gajigana village before carting away foodstuff. No one could contend with them as they also set shops and houses on fire.
Mallam Ali Bam, one of the residents of the area who fled to Miringa town for safety, told Vanguard on phone that: “the Boko Haram terrorists after separating a lot of teenage girls from married women in Bam, set ablaze the whole village and fled with the girls unchallenged, as the attack lasted for some hours before they fled. I called on General Buratai to do something as we have been telling the soldiers that the Boko Haram were so close to the village, but they only went to Mangari village which is few kilometers away from Buratai and shot into the air and left. The soldiers don’t want to confront the terrorists, Buratai should better do something before they start attacking and sacking villages, as they were doing before.”
Bam is about 7 kilometers away from Buratai village, the home town of Chief of Army Staff Lieutenant General Tukur Yusuf Buratai. The village has suffered series of Boko Haram attacks of recent, even a mansion owned by the Army General was burnt down recently by the Boko Haram members.
Mallam Aliyu Jibrin, a member of the Civilian JTF from the attacked area, noted sadly how the attack in Gajigana could have been avoided if soldiers had not taken to their heels, fleeing away without facing the insurgents.
Meanwhile, the Nigerian Army recently warned citizens to be security conscious and extra vigilant as the Christmas and New Year celebrations is approaching.