Buhari Blasts Boko Haram Over Killings In Kukawa 



• Insurgents Kill 11 Members For Alleged Defection

PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari yesterday urged Muslims in Nigeria and across the world to reject with one voice terrorists claiming to be acting in the name of Islam. He was reacting to the latest wave of killings by Boko Haram in Kukawa Council of Borno State, describing the attacks as inhuman and barbaric.

Barely 24 hours after the massacre of 145 residents of Monguno and Kukawa, two suspected Boko Haram suicide bombers attacked Malari and Alau Dam villages by detonating Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) strapped on them, killing 11 villagers and wounding of 21 others around 2pm on Thursday.

Also in Borno State, insurgents killed about 11 former members in the state at Miringa village for alleged “defections,” and in order to instill discipline among members. Buhari, according to a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, considers the killing of about 150 innocent men, women and children in Kukawa as very heinous atrocity that must be unreservedly condemned by all people of conscience.  

The statement reads in part: “The President believes that these last desperate acts of fleeing agents of terrorism underscores the urgent need to bring to early fruition, the efforts of his government to form a more effective international coalition against insurgency and terrorism in Nigeria and neighbouring countries. 

“The President conveys his heart-felt condolences to families of the victims of Boko Haram’s dreadful killings in Kukawa”. A member of the Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF), Modu Pulgwa, told The Guardian yesterday that the gunmen stormed Miringa in the early hours of yesterday and slit the throats of 11 villagers believed to be former members who allegedly defected and renounced their membership of the sect.

“They came around 4am today (yesterday) and slit the throats of 11 of their runaway members,” said Pulgwa in a telephone interview from Miringa. He added that the villagers were previously living in fears, as “they had known that the 11 persons were up to no good.

Everyone knew in the village that the men who recently came back to settle among them were Boko Haram members because they had left long ago and by their appearance and sudden return, the villagers knew they were not safe.”

Hamidu Isa, a resident of Miringa also told The Guardian that over 50 suspected terrorists sneaked into the village and went after the defecting members by slitting their throats.

Borno State Police Commissioner, Mr. Aderemi Opadokum, disclosed that those injured in Thursday’s attack were evacuated from the blasts scenes by the police and other rescue teams to the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital (UMTH) for treatment for burns and fractured limbs.

“The twin blasts of Malari and Alau Dam road occurred simultaneously in the afternoon and killed eight people in the village, while the other three bodies were evacuated at a fruits local market of the Alau Dam along the Bama-Konduga Highway,” said Opadokum in a text message to The Guardian yesterday. Opadokum added: “Also, there was explosion at Maimalari village along Bama-Konduga Highway about 2pm when a female suicide bomber detonated an IED strapped to her body and blew up herself, killing seven other villagers.

Thirteen people also sustained injuries in the first blast. Malari and Lake Alau villages are farming and fishing communities and 25 kilometres east of Maiduguri, the state capital. Military sources also yesterday in Maiduguri said the suicide bombers are on the run following the military “aerial and ground operations,” which are ongoing in Sambisa Forest to rout the insurgents from their camps and hideouts.

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