Saturday, August 23, 2014

Boko Haram expand territory, take over another Borno village

Boko Haram

Boko Haram has taken over another village in Borno state.

Members of the Boko Haram sect on Thursday night stormed Pulka village of Gwoza and sacked the whole community before hoisting their black and white flags.

Pulka is about 20 kilometres from destroyed Gwoza town which is also located between Borno and Cameroon republic surrounded by Mandara Mountains.

Although, this was not the first time Pulka was being attacked, the latest attack which occurred on Thursday evening was the deadliest with quite a number of residents being killed. Houses, shops, and vehicles were set ablaze before the insurgents dislodged the community and established a settlement there.

Vanguard reports that competent and reliable sources told their correspondent that "the insurgents, large in number, and using Rocket Propelled Launchers, Improvised Explosive Devices and petrol bombs, invaded Pulka and opened fire on innocent civilians before overpowering security operatives and vigilante groups and hoisting their flags".

A close political associate to Governor Kashim Shettima from Gwoza who was not authorized to talk to the Press and who pleaded anonymity confirmed the attack and the taking over of Pulka community by the Boko Haram sect on Thursday.

"Yes some Boko Haram terrorists invaded Pulka and killed many innocent people and destroyed a lot of houses before hoisting their flags in different locations of Pulka. We, the people of Gwoza are very worried with the spate of killings and destruction by terrorists without military or security agencies confronting them.

"The terrorists are now having a field day in any community they storm in Gwoza. Just last Wednesday, the terrorists invaded the Police Mobile Training Camp in nearby Limankara village and took over the facilities on ground."

All effort to get the Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Gideon Jubrin proved abortive as his phone line was switched off as at the time of going to press.

Source: Vanguard

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