Friday, 1 August 2014

Boko Haram Attacks Borno Communities, Razes 4 Churches

Gunmen believed to be Boko Haram members, dressed in military fatigues, yesterday night attacked about four communities in the southern part of Borno State where they burnt down four major churches, security sources and government officials said.

The attacked community comprise Kwajaffa, Tashan-Alede,Karbutu, Manjakwa, all predominantly Christian communities of Hawul Local government area of Borno State, 250km away from Maiduguri.
The gunmen, according to sources in Hawul local government, stormed the communities on Wednesday, targeting only churches and using explosives and petrol bombs.
They were chanting Allahu, Allahu (God is great) as if they were doing a noble religious cause while they were destroying our churches. We also heard them shouting that their next target is the Local Government Secretariat in Azare, the headquarters of Hawul. We are happy that no life was lost; the gunmen operated freely without going after the residents even though most of us had to flee in the bush, said Amos Kwajaffa, a local resident.
Police Discover Buried Arms, IEDs In Bauchi
The Bauchi State police command yesterday announced the discovery of a cache of arms and improvised explosive devices buried in a building somewhere in Azare town of Katagum local government area, officials statement said.
The states police spokesman, Mohammed Haruna (a deputy superintendent of police) said the lethal weapons were discovered on Wednesday at about 4:30pm following a tip-off.
The PPRO said the police Explosives Ordinance Unit of the police Command had successfully recovered and rendered safe a heavy-wired IED gas cylinder buried in a building site located at Vehicle Inspection Officers (VIO) Quarters in Azare.
Other items recovered at the site include 37 rounds double-barrel cartridge while some hoodlums occupying the building for five months now have been chased away, said DSP Haruna.
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