Members of the dreaded Boko Haram Islamic sect laid a siege to some Borno communities between Tuesday and Wednesday night, killing no fewer than 148 persons and injuring several others.
Some of the deceased were killed in mosques where the villagers had gone to pray
after breaking Wednesday’s Ramadan fast.
TheStreetReporters.com gathered that the attacks were launched by the terrorists on two sister villages of Mussaram in Monguno local government.
According to sources, the sect rounded up all the men in the villages and opened
fire on them at the Mussaram-I and Mussaram-
II, twin agrarian communities located about
8km away from Monguno town of the state.
Maidugu Bida, a local vigilante group commander
in Monguno town told journalists “a total number of 48 persons – all males – died on the spot while 17 others escaped with serious injuries.”
A member of the House of Representatives, Tahir Monguno, who represents Monguno, Nganzai, Marte Federal Constituency, confirmed the incident in a BBC Hausa broadcast on Thursday.
He said, “We received the sad news (Wednesday) that Boko Haram terrorists had attacked some communities near Monguno.
“Since their dislodgement from the Sambisa forest, many Boko Haram terrorists had relocated to areas around Monguno where they have been picking on hapless villages and killing residents there.
“On Tuesday, the terrorists attacked the twin villages of Mussaram I and Mussaram II in the night.
“They went there in the night when the villagers were resting after the day’s fasting and assembled them before opening fire on them.”, Monguno narrated.
Unchallenged, barely 24 hours after the
Monguno incident, Boko Haram terrorists also attacked Kukawa, a town about 30km away from Monguno.
The gunmen, TheStreetReporters.com gathered, arrived Kukawa at about 7p.m when the majority Muslim community were observing the pre-breaking of fast prayer.
A source in the local government disclosed that, “They attacked different mosques where most of the residents were gathered to observe late evening prayers before going home to properly break their fast.”
The source added: “They shot at them while they were in the middle of the prayers and later set the mosques ablaze. Some of the Boko Haram gunmen also attacked houses where children and women were killed.”