By Baba Kura Mallam, Maiduguri
Members of the dreaded Islamist sect, Boko Haram have sacked Shawa, a village in Askira Local Government Area of Borno State.Eye witnesses said the insurgents came to the village on bicycles and started attacking the village near Mussa district in the wee hours of Sunday.
Another source said the sect members killed “many of the villagers, raped some women, took some away and injured many others.”
One of the villagers, who simply identified himself as Ibrahim, said though he managed to escape, some of his relations were not as lucky.
Ibrahim added that they burnt down the entire village, raped women and injured many residents. Apagu, who is the leader of the youth vigilance group (Civilian JTF) in Mussa district, said he visited the scene moments after the attack and discovered that nothing was left in the village.
He said, “They (insurgents) came on bicycles around 4am on Sunday morning while people were sleeping and started opening fire on the helpless people and the villagers fled into the bush but many were critically injured.
“Though I did not see any corpse, the whole village was set ablaze and nothing was left standing. In fact, they went away with six bicycles.”
In a related development, the troops of the Nigerian Army have destroyed some kidnappers’ camps and killed three of the hoodlums in some parts of Bauchi State.