Eight feared dead in Boko Haram fresh attack in Borno 


By Charles Nwoke, Maiduguri, Nigeria

September 16, 2020

Pictured above, Maiduguri, Nigeria, a place that appears peaceful at the surface. CC BY SA 3.0 Pl

No less than eight people have been killed and two sustained various degrees of injury during Boko Haram raid on a Borno State village of Wasaram.

According to an eyewitness, the insurgents arrived at Wasaram, a remote community along the local border between Borno and Yobe states on Tuesday night shortly after the Muslim night (Isha) prayer.

“They came to Wasaram at about 8pm in vehicles. They were about 30 in number. They started shooting people from the entrance of the village. Eight people were killed and two injured in the attack,” said Ali Musa, who fled the community to Damaturu, Yobe State capital, some 12 kilometres away, speaking to news men in a phone conversation.

The terrorists were said to have tricked some of the villagers earlier at the entrance to the community some people were planning to attack them. Sources said the insurgents opened fire on the villagers as they attempted to flee.

Wasaram is tucked amid communities between Borno and Yobe, some 32 kilometres to Benisheik, a town along Maiduguri-Damaturu highway and headquarters of Kaga Local Government.

Both the military and police have not issued any statement on the attack as information on the attack was not known in Maiduguri the state capital until Wednesday noon. 

Boko Haram has carried out and claimed responsibility for most of the terror attacks in the state in over a decade of terrorism activities in the country’s volatile northeast states.