Not less than 20 people including five members of volunteer vigilante group hunting down members the Boko Haram were shot dead by members of the terrorist group on Saturday, even as the clampdown on the sect continues.
The spokesman of the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF), Lieutenant Haruna Sani, made it known that at least 20 civilians died after the Boko Haram sect launched an attack in Dawashi Village. The attack was believed to have been a reprisal following the lynching of one of the sect’s members after some of them had been arrested by the volunteer group that calls itself “Civilian JTF”.
A statement from the MNJTF reads in part:
“A group of Civilian Joint Task Force from Maiduguri stormed the village Dawashi in search of Boko Haram members when the suspected sect members came armed and fired sporadic shots that killed over twenty innocent civilians while a dozen secured serious gunshot injuries. The victims are mostly fishermen and traders who pursue their legitimate business in the area. As at the time of compiling this report, the victims were still lying within the premises of MNJTF Field Ambulance receiving medical treatment from the injury sustained during the attack.
As part of the Excellent Civil Military Relations and humanitarian gesture demonstrated by Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) a dozen of Boko Haram victims affected by the attack in Dawashe District of Kukawa Local Government Borno State got medical treatment in the Headquarters Field Ambulance in Baga”.