Boko Haram in another brutal attack, attack in military uniform

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The Borno State Police Command and the 7 Division of Nigerian Army Sunday said there were multiple attacks at Izge Town by suspected Boko Haram terrorists who killed many residents, including women and children.

The gunmen were also said to have carted away several livestock and bags of grains,after torching unspecified
number of houses and shops at about 9 pm on Saturday.

Izge is a fishing and farming community in Gwoza Local Council Area of Borno State and 185 kilometres South of Maiduguri, the state capital.

At Madayi Village in Kukawa Local Council, seven people were also killed on Friday night by suspected Boko Haram gunmen in military uniform.

A resident of Izge, Mallam Bulama Apagu, said the gunmen in military uniform attacked the town at 9 pm on
Saturday, killing 91 people and injuring several others,including women and children,while several others are still
missing.

An indigene of Izge, who is residing in Maiduguri, Adamu Izge, who lost his father in-law in the incident, also said that the insurgents attacked the town with explosives in military uniform and killed dozens of residents.

According to another eyewitness, Apagu Isa, the over 200 gunmen who dressed in military uniform came in 65 Hilux pickup vehicles and motorcycles carrying Improvised Explosive Devices
(IEDs) and petrol-bombs,started shooting at some of the people and their houses and shops at 9pm on Saturday
before carting away many livestock and grains into waiting pickup vans.

“Our people here in this town were terrified and shocked with the last night’s attacks of gunmen. Many people,
including women and children,were crying and wailing for help and safety. Some of them were killed.

“As the torching of houses continued, the gunmen chanted ‘God is great’ and killing many villagers. I cannot tell you the exact number of people killed,but 65 of my neighbours were killed by slitting their throats after tying their hands to the backs. Near the market, 26. bodies were also retrieved yesterday morning for burial at the cemetery,”Isa said.

On security of Izge, he said:
“There were no soldiers or policemen to provide security for us. Some soldiers came last year, in December, but after
spending three days, they left in their brown and black dotted colour patrol vehicles. The insurgents cashed in on the absence of security in Izge and Bita villages, which is 45 kilometres away from here. As I speak to you, many villagers are fleeing to Madagali in Adamawa State, which is the nearest town.

“Some of the fleeing villagers, who include women and children, carried only some of their personal effects because some of the houses and shops
are still burning this morning(Sunday), as there were no fire fighting vehicles to put off the raging fire set by suspected
insurgents last night.”

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