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Stray Bullet Kills Nursing Mother In Borno Attack

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Borno is situated in northeast Nigeria.
A map of Borno, a state in north-east Nigeria.

A stray bullet from bandits suspected to be Boko Haram members have killed a nursing woman in Magumeri Local Government Area of the state.

Eyewitnesses told Channels Television on Wednesday that the insurgents stormed the town on Monday evening leaving in their trail destruction of public facilities.

A recently equipped general hospital renovated by the Borno State Government was brought down to ashes during the attack.

The irate criminals also destroyed a telecom mast, the only functional one in the town, and seized a tractor provided for farmers by the state government.

The insurgents are said to have engaged in a gun battle with the military at the location which lasted for at least two hours before they were forced to retreat.

The terrorists also reportedly attacked Kukawa Local Government, a town in the State.

According to sources, a military base was targeted during the attack and an unspecified number of civilians may have been abducted.

Details of the casualty are still unclear.

Borno State has been among some of the states in the northeast that have been under attack by the insurgents.

Thousands of people have been displaced despite claims by the military that the terrorists have been decimated.

Buhari, Northeast Governors Meet

President Muhammadu Buhari at a meeting with the north-east governors and others in Abuja on August 10, 2020.

Recently, three flashpoints were identified as the strongholds of the insurgents in the Northeast, following a week-long engagement with the service chiefs and other stakeholders in the region.

The areas are Lake Chad fringes, Sambisa Forest, and the Mandara mountains – all located in Borno State.

The engagement which took place on the instance of President Muhammadu Buhari also had the north-east governors in attendance.

Chairman of the Northeast Governors Forum, Governor Babagana Zulum while briefing journalists on the outcome of the meeting said, “The President has assured the people of Borno State and indeed the north-eastern subregion that he will do everything possible within his reach to ensure that lives and property of people living in Borno State are secured.

“We have discussed, especially the issue of strengthening security in the fringes of the Lake Chad and Mandara mountains, as well as in the Sambisa Forest and I think my meeting with the Chief of Air Staff, as well as Chief of Naval Staff and also General (Tukur) Buratai is very promising.”

The governor said Buratai, who is the Chief of Army Staff, promised to look into the issue of clearing the enclaves of the insurgency in the three flashpoints identified.

He was confident that with the renewed commitment of the President and service chiefs, peace would reign again in Borno State.


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