Boko Haram kills 22 in Maiduguri

From TIMOTHY OLANREWAJU, Maiduguri

No fewer than 22 people including students and fishermen might have died in revenge attack on a school and residents in Maiduguri by Boko Haram insurgents.

Some gunmen believed to be Boko Haram members were said to have attacked fishermen, local tea seller and some residents at Alau River near Maiduguri, killing about 13 people. Sources said the gunmen claimed they were on a revenge mission against some group of youths, who had been handing them over to security agencies in the area.

Also, the insurgents were reported to have attacked a private school in Maiduguri, where students that were writing their National Examination Council (NECO). “Nine of the students were shot dead by the insurgents while many of them were injured,” a resident claimed.

The gunmen were said to have stormed Ansaruden Private Primary and Secondary School at Jajeri, a Maiduguri suburb and opened fire on the unsuspecting students shortly after the commencement of examination.

Some parents of the deceased expressed shock over the killings and appealed to the federal and state governments to address the security situation in the area. Sources at the State Specialist Hospital, Maiduguri hinted that over 20 corpses with gunshots were brought to the hospital.

The Boko Haram had weekend warned of its readiness to revenge continued arrest of its members by the youths in the metropolis, famously called “civilian JTF.”

“A full blown war have been declare against Borno and Yobe youths,” Abu Zinnira, the Boko Haram spokesman, who authored the statement said they would launch manhunt of their hunters (youths).

“We have established that youths in Borno and Yobe states are now against our course. They have connived with security operatives and are actively supporting the government of Nigeria in its war against us. We have also resolved to fight back, “ he warned, a threat which the youths insisted would not deterred them from assisting the security agencies to bring peace to the area.

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