Boko Haram kills four, abducts four women, 17 sect members surrender
As the military continues the counter-insurgency operations in the north eastern part of the country, suspected Boko Haram terrorists killed four people, abducting four women, even as 17 of the sect members surrendered to troops.
A statement yesterday by the spokesman of the Army, Col. Sani Usman said, the women were abducted when the suspected terrorists invaded Kutuva village killing four (4) people in the process.
Usman said the “elements of Boko Haram terrorists came in six motorcycles on Tuesday, killed 4 persons and abducted 4 women from the village. ”
Though the “local vigilante in Kaya mobilised immediately to the village and trailed the terrorists up to their suspected hideout located somewhere south of Sabon Garin Bale.”
“The vigilantes gallantly engaged the terrorists, unfortunately, they escaped into the bush. But the courageous vigilantes destroyed the terrorists camp and recovered all hoisted Boko Haram terrorists’ flags, 3 Fabrique Nationale (FN) rifle magazines, 2 AK-45 rifle magazines and 24 rounds of 7.62mm (NATO) ammunition.”
Though the vigilantes failed to rescue the abducted women, they were however, able to rescue an 11-year-old girl, who told them that she was abducted by the terrorists from Batha village.
“The vigilante could not trace the terrorists or the abducted women,” Usman said.
Usman further explained that a team of local vigilante, who were on patrol in Damboa led by Sarkin Yaki Ali Gwoza, along Njaba road, south of Damboa town intercepted some persons, who were later discovered, after interrogation to be Boko Haram terrorists fleeing to safety.
According to Usman, the suspects confessed that they were Boko Haram sect members, who were compelled to join the insurgency against their will and that they were on their way to Damboa to surrender to the military.
“They attributed their decision to give up on their nefarious activities because continued military onslaught had made life unbearable for them. ”
“Further screening confirmed 17 of them as hardened Boko Haram terrorists trying to escape and infiltrate the society,” Usman said.