Members of the Boko Haram sect on Wednesday continued their attacks on soft targets in Borno State and Cameroun where they killed 92 people. The killings took place between Monday and yesterday.
The Chairman of the Borno State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Ahmed Satomi, who confirmed the attack in the state’s Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp, refused to disclose the casualty figure.
But a source who participated in the mass burial of the victims said that 51 persons were buried in Dikwa.
Reuters news agency, on its part, claimed that a SEMA source revealed that more than 60 people were killed in the twin blasts that went off at the Dikwa IDPs’ camp.
Dikwa, which houses about 51,000 IDPs, is about 85 kilometres from Maiduguri.
It was learnt that the insurgents also raided communities in the Damboa Local Government Area (LGA) on Monday, killing seven people.
The insurgents on Tuesday night reportedly killed seven villagers and burnt down three churches in Turu, Mayo Sanaga Division of Far North Region in Cameroun. About 10 hours earlier there was a suicide attack at Nguechewe town in the same country, leaving 11 dead including two suicide bombers. Several people were wounded.
Meanwhile, the Nigerian Army says it has flushed out and killed Boko Haram insurgents by laying an ambush on them at a major cattle market in Gwai Mainari around Mainok.
In a press statement yesterday, the Army said: “In continuation of our clearance operations of remnants of Boko Haram terrorists in the North East, troops of 212 Tank Battalion, 29 Task Force Brigade, early this morning laid an ambush on some Boko Haram elements at a major cattle market in Gwai Mainari around Mainok general area.”
The Acting Director of Army Public Relations, Col. Sani Kukasheka Usman, who issued the statement, said: “The ambush party, supported by a Quick Response Group (QRG) captured a Hilux vehicle containing eight jerry cans of petrol, oil and lubricants, a large quantity of 7.62mm ammunition, 127mm ammunition and four AK-47 rifles, as well as five hand grenades.
“Some of the terrorists were killed while others escaped with gunshot wounds. It is important to note that more operational strategies are being employed to further flush out the remnants of Boko Haram terrorists wherever they might be hiding in the North East,” he said.