Chairman of Damboa Local Council of Borno State, Yaga Yarakawa, has said that two members of a vigilante group from the council, and several Boko Haram insurgents were killed in a fierce encounter between the two groups, during a patrol in Shawa village on Thursday, according to a Guardian report.
Yarakawa, in a telephone interview on Friday said Kilat Shawa village, where Thursday night’s attack happened, is located within the fringes of Sambisa Forest, where the terrorists are still hiding.
“The attacked village, which is North East of Sambisa Forest, is one of the strongholds of Boko Haram insurgents, and where foodstuffs and livestock were looted before the village was set ablaze,” said Yarakawa.
During the encounter, one of the vigilante group’s vehicles stepped on an Improvised Explosive Device (IED), planted by the insurgents. The device exploded and killed two men, while two others sustained injuries.
He regretted that … “due to the superior fire power of the terrorists, the vigilante members could not pick up the bodies of their late colleagues. We have talked to the Brigade Commander in Mubi, who is in-charge of Askira/Uba local councils of Adamawa and Borno states, and he has assured us that he would deploy troops to accompany to Shawa to convey the remains of deceased for burial.”
Leader of vigilante group, Aboku Shettima, who said Boko Haram members were always terrorising people in eight villages of Kuburmbula, Tsilari, Kamdzilari, Kuburnvwu , Kautikari, Kwada, Buftari and Kakulmari, added that these settlements border Damboa and Chibok council areas, as well as the Sambisa Forest.
He said this location makes it difficult and frustrating to effectively monitor and apprehend the fleeing insurgents.
Meanwhile, four persons were killed while several houses including the house of the village head were burnt, when unknown gunmen attacked Mile One Village in Tafan District, Kaduna State on Friday.
A resident, who preferred anonymity, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) yesterday in Kafanchan, that the hoodlums launched an attack against the residents between 2 p.m. and 10p.m on Friday.
The Interim Chairman of Jema’a Local Council, Dr Bege Katuka, confirmed the incident via telephone saying, “I just left the affected village barely 30 minutes ago, I was there to assess the extent of damage.’’
However, reports say the residents of the neighbouring villages of Gidan Waya, Ungwuan Ninzo and Ungwuan Kagoro have fled for fear of possible attacks.