19 killed as Boko Haram attacks Shaffa in Borno
Tiamiyu Saheed Oluwatosin
Barely 48 hours after the declaration of ceasefire by Nigeria’s Defence Chief, Air Chief Marshal Alex Bade, the Nigeria’s notorious Islamic Sect, Boko Haram attacked Shaffa village of Hawul local government area of Borno State for the second time in less than one month.
The attack left not less than 19 people dead, Notice.Com.Ng gathered.
As stated by residents of the town, the sect attacked and killed 8 villagers along the Zhur forest before they headed to Shaffa town where they clashed with vigilante group, leaving 8 of the insurgents dead and 3 civilians.
It could be recalled that Shaffa recently came under attack by the Islamic sect, Boko Haram, 48 hours after security operatives raided the town and arrested seven suspected members of the sect, who were said to be indigenes of the area.
Not less than 21 persons were allegedly killed in the attack.
As stated by reports from the area, the attack on Shaffa town was led by some of the youths in the village, who joined the Islamic sect, Boko Haram and vowed to eliminate Christians in the town dominated Christianity religion.
Our correspondent also gathered that all churches in the town of Shaffa as well as houses belonging to prominent sons and daughters of the area who are of the Christian faith, were burnt down by the insurgents.
“They started attacking Shindiffu village before coming down to Shaffa. When they came, they were chanting ‘Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar’ meaning God is great, and some of our people, who are of the same faith with them came out, chanting as well.
“We ran into the mountains to hide until the morning when we managed to find our way to Yimirshika village where we are now taking refuge.
“We were told that some Muslims in the town were showing Christians’ homes to the insurgents, who were setting them ablaze. As I am speaking to you, no church is standing in Shaffa and all houses belonging to people like Madu Wudiri, Engr. Mike Bata, Inspector Yautiya, Mallam James Mshelia, among others were also set ablaze.
“The problem now is that we cannot communicate with our people because there is no service. It is very unfortunate”, a resident said.
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