Terrorists killed 81 in six-hour operation

Terrorists killed 81 in six-hour operation

Crime

Terrorists killed 81 in six-hour operation 

From, Sani Gazas Chinade, Damaturu 

Prof. Babagana Umara Zulum of Borno State on Wednesday, visited Faduma Kolomdi village in Gubio Local Government Area a scene of the deadly attack, which claimed several lives including women and children.

Faduma Kolomdi, a nomadic village, is located 35 kilometres in the north of the area.

A survivor told Zulum that 81 residents were killed during the attack on Tuesday with 13 persons injured and seven others, including the village head were abducted.

While sympathising with the people over the bloody attack, Governor Zulum urged the Nigerian military to undertake a final onslaught that should put
an end to insurgency in the shores of the Lake Chad.

Zulum described the attack as barbaric and unfortunate. He evacuated five injured persons in his convoy, for treatment to an undisclosed hospital.

“Last year, about the same number of people were killed in Gajiram like it happened again. This is barbaric. It is very unfortunate. The only solution
to end this massacre is by dislodging the insurgents in the shores of Lake Chad. Doing so, will require collaborative regional efforts,” Zulum said.

A male adult described as the only one who escaped the attack (name withheld for protection) gave account during Zulum’s visit, that, “the insurgents in gun trucks and armored tanks came around 10am yesterday (Tuesday). They operated for about six hours and left around 4pm. They gathered us and said they wanted to deliver religious sermon to us. They asked us to submit whatever arm we had. Some villagers gave up their dane guns, bow and arrows.

“The insurgents pretended as if they were there for any violence. Suddenly, they started shooting at will. Even children and women were not spared, many were shot at close range. Many started running. At the end, many persons were killed.

“We have been burying people since 10:pm to about 6am. We have buried 49 corpses here while another 32 corpses were taken away by families from the villages around us. The insurgents abducted seven persons including our village head. They went away with 400 cattle,” he said.

It was observed that the insurgents did not set the place ablaze as they often did in other attacks.

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