Boko Haram terrorists razed military base, school, a health center in Yobe
Charles Nwoke, Damaturu, Nigeria
March 17, 2021
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Unknown gunmen believed to be Boko Haram terrorists invaded the Katarko community in Gujba Local Government Area Council of Yobe State in the early hours of Tuesday, and burnt down a Nigerian military base, primary school, and health facility.
Katarko village is about 25 kilometers east of Damaturu, the Yobe state capital.
The primary school razed down by the hoodlums was renovated with Victim Support Fund a few years ago after the insurgents first burnt it down in 2013.
Yet to be confirmed reports indicated that an NGO had stored foodstuffs in the school building for onward distribution but the terrorist group got the clue and decided to attack the school and loot the items.
Residents said the gunmen equally raided the primary healthcare center in the village and set the facility on fire after looting its drug store.
Modu Katarko, a resident of the community, stated that the insurgents came around 5.30 a.m. on Tuesday and left the village unchallenged after more than one hour of sporadic shooting and ransacking of the school premises.
“We heard them shouting Allah Akbar! Allah Akbar! after the early morning prayers and shooting sporadically. Everyone ran indoors until about one hour when they finished their operation and left the village,” said Modu.
“The primary school, primary healthcare facility, and the military base here were all burnt down.”
Both the Nigerian Police Force and Nigerian Military are yet to issue any official statement on the attack.