Residents of Bama town, Bama local government area of Borno state where about 55 persons were kiiled in a fresh attack said that most of the insurgents that attacked the town were Nigerians and Cameroonians who used local almajiris to locate their targets.
A resident, Mallam Kolomi Bama who spoke with DailyPost in Maiduguri, the Borno state capital said, the attackers followed house to house and killed all the prison officials aside those killed at their duty post. They burnt down the whole police barracks where a newly married woman and three children were roasted. Several cars and motorcycles as well as domestic animal were also burnt completely. While four blocks in the Bama Mobile Police unit were razed down, 10 people were also killed including 7 policemen and 3 Boko Haram members.
He said, the attackers also attempted to attack the military barracks in Bama but met a brick wall, as the soldiers seriously repelled the attackers killing 10 of the insurgents who were mostly dressed in military uniforms, recovering several AK 47 riffles, RPG, bomb making devices, assorted ammunitions and gallons of concoctions which was said to have contained intoxicating substances.
Also an eye witness, a student of the University of Maiduguri Amina Usman told our DailyPost that the gunmen who came in hundreds were speaking in Kanuri language. She said they came in buses and about 16 Hilux vehicles, with anti aircraft guns mounted on some of the vehicles and attacked various formations of security operatives and government buildings.
She said the gunmen opened fire on the mobile police base, as they were trapped by the curfew imposed on the town, stressing that they have to run helter skelter for their lives, as the insurgents were pursuing them and opening fire on them and that the gunmen are mostly foreign nationals guided by the those who understand the terrain.
Speaking to newsmen at the JTF headquarters, shortly after inspecting the affected areas, the JTF spokesman Lt. Col. Sagir Musa said that the insurgents usually wear military uniforms during their operations that is why civilians always blame soldiers that they are the ones burning their house, shops and other business premises even when the insurgents in military uniforms were the ones that committed the arson.
He said “instead of people to appreciate our efforts they always condemn us, now let the human right organizations come to Bama and see the genocide committed by the insurgents and tell us whether those they killed have no right to live”.
Meanwhile, the Borno state governor Kashim Shettima who visted Bama today, expressed sadness with the level of destruction mated on the people by the insurgence.
He also thank the security operatives for ensuring return of normalcy in the town and urged the people to always guard against violence and wantom deatruction of lives and properties.
He also called on the people to continue to pray for peace as only peace can bring development.
Source: Daily Post