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Boko Haram sets Chibok village on fire

Femi Owolabi

Suspected Boko Haram insurgents have again attacked a community in Chibok local government area of Borno state.

The attack comes three days after the insurgents burnt houses in Gatamwarwa ward, Chibok.

“They came in through Sambisa forest at about 7pm and they have been setting the village on fire,” a Chibok resident told TheCable.

Kaumutiyahi is at least 13 kilometres away from Chibok.

A military source told TheCable that the Nigeria’s army 117 battalion stationed in Chibok were getting set to move into Kaumutiyahi.

“There is actually a company of army about 6 kilometres from the village under attack, but they would need the support of the larger battalion,” the source said.

In December, the insurgents attacked Makalama, a village in Gatamawarwa ward. Bwalakia villagers were also attacked three days after the Makalama attack, burning houses and leaving villagers stranded.

“They looted and burnt everything we have. We don’t have what to eat and we don’t have where to sleep,” one of the victims had told TheCable.

In November, Abubakar Elkanemi, shehu of Borno, had said the people of the state were still under Boko Haram siege.

As of the time this report was filed, Sagir Musa, army spokesman, had not responded to to TheCable’s message seeking information on the recent attack.

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