- The Borno police command confirms that Boko Haram insurgents attacked a village in Borno
- The police reports that 40 houses were razed in the attack as the number of casualties are still being collated
- The police say the attack on the village was a reprisal from the Boko Haram insurgents
The Borno police command said on Monday, August 20, that Boko Haram insurgents burnt down 40 houses in a reprisal attack in Mailari village in Guzamala local government area of the state on Sunday, August 19.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Demien Chukwu, the commissioner of police in the state, disclosed this at a news conference saying that the terrorists stormed the town at about 8pm.
According to Chukwu, the command had yet to ascertain the casualty figure.
“Two weeks earlier, the vigilante in that community arrested a Boko Haram element with AK47 and after beating him, he was handed over to the military.
“The marauding militants who were pissed with the development, decided to lunch the massive attack to revenge the arrest. They passed several villages on their way to Mailari.
“Luckily, about a week ago, we deployed one full unit of policemen including SARS to protect the community.
“Consequently, while they were returning from their mission, they were repelled by our team on patrol, which prevented them from raising down the entire community,” he said.
Concerning the Alau Dam attack, Chukwu said that preliminary investigation revealed that the dam came under attack by suspected Boko Haram insurgents.
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“Initially, it was not clear if the affected dyke was washed away due to lack of maintenance or if it was actually vandalized,” he said while adding that the insurgents had actually tampered with the embankment holding back the water, leading to flooding in Kayamla village.
NAIJ.com earlier reported that Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, chief of the air staff, on Tuesday, August 14, explained how Nigerian Air Force rescued some troops in the fight against Boko Haram from water starvation at Alagarno, Borno state, last year, 2017.
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