Sunday, 7 February 2016

Barely a week after Dalori village in Borno state
was attacked, Boko Haram insurgents in a convoy
of 10 bicycles laden with explosives and petro-
bomb also attacked Alomari and Malari
communities, killing 10 people, including four
women and torching two villages, The incident
happened on Friday by 8.30pm.
The insurgents, according to Tijani Ahmed of the
Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF), burst into the
villages through the northern flanks that adjoin
Mafa-Dikwa axis in Konduga Local Government
Area of the state.
“We alerted the military on phone in the evening of
Friday, but before the soldiers reached the villages
from Alau Dam military post, the gunmen fled after
several houses were set ablaze, and abandoned
the food items they snatched yesterday,” said
Ahmed on Saturday.
A military personnel, who was not authorized to
speak on the twin incidents, also said: “The
insurgents have resorted guerrilla warfare, without
attacking any military post or base in the theatre
war of Operation Lafiya Dole. Before our troops
reached the affected
villages, ten kilometres from this post, the terrorists
fled towards the Mafa-Dikwa axis on bicycles.
He said the terrorists are adopting the ‘hit and flee’
tactics of terrorising villages that surround
Maiduguri metropolis for the last two or three
months now.
As fears of reprisal attack heightened yesterday,
many fleeing residents were trooping to Maiduguri
for safety and resettlement in the various camps of
the metropolis.
Bukar Modu, a villager with two wives and nine
children told Our Correspondent yesterday that it
was God that saved the lives of his family members,
because he had to flee through the rare bush of the
village, before trekking to Maiduguri in the
afternoon.

The spokesman of Borno State Police Command,
Isuku Victor in a telephone interview, also
confirmed to DAILY POST that the attacks claimed
10 lives.
He said the suspected insurgents operated on
bicycles in the night to attack the two villages on
Maiduguri-Bama road.
“Many houses and shops, including the market
square were razed to the ground, and attempted to
snatched food items into a waiting pickup vans, but
abandoned them and fled towards the Alomari-Mafa
dirt road,”msaid Victor on how the insurgents
escaped troops’ repulsions.
Senator Babakaka Bashir Garbai has visited the
village to smypathise with the fleeing villagers at
Alomari and Malari yesterday.
“I came here with other representatives from the
National and State Houses of Assembly to
sympathize and condole these villagers that were
attacked and sacked by Boko Haram insurgents
yesterday, Friday. The people have lost everything,
including their livestock, grains and other food
items,” said Garbai
He further disclosed that despite the claims of the
Nigerian Army that they have reclaimed several
captured Borno communities; three councils
Mobbar, Abadam and Kala/Balge are still under the
control of Boko Haram.
Sen. Garbai said: “The facts on ground indicated
that the military has to rise to the challenges of
these insurgents that are still occupying some of
our communities in 21 Local Government Areas of
Borno state.
The only council areas in this state that are
liberated by the military and safe for our people to
live and carry on their various socio-economic
activities without fear of any attacks, are Maiduguri
Metropolitan Council (MMC), Bayo and Kwaya/
Kusar.”
He said it is not yet ‘urhuru’ for both the Federal
Government and the military on degrading Boko
Haram terrorists’ activities in Borno state.
“The level of devastation to both lives and property
in these two villages, is beyond one’s imaginations.
Already, all the villagers have fled to Maiduguri for
safety; and you are saying that the military have
liberated all Borno communities, and asking them to
relocate their displaced persons camps this month,”
said Sen.

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