| Islamic State in West Africa attacks 5 Nigerian villages, murders 36 people
| Monday, January 25, 2016
|Boko Haram pledged allegiance to the Islamic State and changed its name to the Islamic State in West Africa last year. “36 feared killed as gunmen attack Adamawa communities,” by Emmanuel Ande, The Guardian (Nigeria), January 25, 2016 :
Some gunmen suspected to be members of the Boko Haram
sect attacked five villages in Geire Local Government in Adamawa State
killing dozens of people in the early hours of yesterday. A resident who escaped being attacked, Naslam Clarkson, told The
Guardian yesterday in Yola that the attackers were being confronted by
security operatives who arrived the villages to repel the insurgents at
about 12 noon.
According to Clarkson, the attack started as early as 6 am when the
people were preparing for church services. “I managed to escape narrowly
through the bush. I saw more than six dead bodies when I was running in
the bush, the armed men fired shots at me several times, but God helped
me to escape. They came in vehicles, including motor cycles,” he said.
Geire Local Government is where the Federal University of Technology is located. Neither the police nor the military were yet to give the details of
the situation and the number of casualties as at press time, but
unconfirmed report put the figure at 36, mostly children and women. Some
of the injured victims were said to be receiving treatment in some
hospitals in Yola.
A community leader from Geire and former Adamawa State Peoples
Democratic Party (PDP) secretary Philneas Elisha, who confirmed the
incident to The Guardian said his village was among those attacked. He
said the style with which the gunmen carried out the attack was similar
to that of Boko Haram. He listed the villages attacked as Densare,
Wonamo, Dwajam, Tabongo and Noyine.
|posted by D.Swami Gwekanandam @ 9:21 PM