Sunday, September 1, 2013

Sad As 24 Youth Volunteers Killed In Boko Haram Ambush

Boko Haram militants

Scores of youth volunteers were yesterday killed in an ambush by men believed to be members of the dreaded Islamic sect, Boko Haram in Borno.
According to reports, the unfortunate incident happened when the volunteers, known as civilian JTF, attempted a counter-insurgency move around Kaleri, Shuwari, Maganari and Nannari villages in the Monguno Local Government Area, to dislodge militants.

The mission, however, took a sad turn in Monguno when they came under attack losing nothing less than 24 youth with about 36 still missing.
“The vigilante youths numbering over 100 were on a mission to smoke out some Boko Haram men but they were ambushed by the insurgents. About 24 people may have died while about 36 were still missing.
A police source who preferred anonymity said, “There was an initial arrangement with military troops that they will accompany the vigilante youths to the Boko Haram camps but the youths had to leave after endless waiting. Because the military did not surface, they moved to Monguno in a  convoy of about five vehicles but the armed Boko Haram who disguised in army camouflage and a captured military patrol  confused the vigilante youths to think they were  military troops.
They just opened fire on the young men while many others fled,” one of the volunteers who could not make the trip to Monguno disclosed in Maiduguri.
Spokesman of the defunct Joint Task Force (JTF), Lt Col Sagir Musa and the Police Public Relations (PPRO), Jibril Gideon could not be reached as at press time.