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Committee confirms abduction of 6 family members, other casualties during Boko Haram’s raid on Bam Buratai

COAS Major General Tukur Buratai
COAS Major General Tukur Buratai

ABDULLAHI ISAH, Maiduguri

The 7-man Committee constituted by Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno state to investigate the alleged abduction of villagers during the Bam Buratai attack by suspected Boko Haram insurgents has confirmed the incident.

The committee is headed by the members representing Biu constituency at the state House of Assembly, Hon Aliyu Mamman Kachalla with Mrs Adama Badawi, as secretary. Others are Habib Yusuf, Engr Baba, Hon Ibrahim Audu Miringa, Dr Hamma Adama Biu, and Usman D.C Buratai, as members.

The report which was obtained by Global Patriot Newspapers, further read in parts: “It was ascertained that Bam-Buratai, a village 45 kilometres from Biu Local Government headquarters and 10 km to Buratai was attacked by terrorists last Sunday, November 28 2015 at about 10:00pm which lasted to the early morning of the next day, there were no security forces before, and during the attack”.

The committee in its findings ‘ascertained that the family members of one of the villagers, named Pidigum Mohammed Pindar, were abducted. They include; Mrs Gambo Pidigum and Mrs Hamsatu Pidigum, the first and second wives respectively, while the abducted children of the Pidigum family include Hauwa’u Pidigum, an 8 year-old Primary 3 school pupil, Abdullahi Pidigum, 2 years 6 month-old boy, Ummi Pidigum, a year and 6 month-old girl and Rabi Pidigum, a 6 month-old girl.’

“There was a total of four (4) fatalities recorded, two of them were females. Three of the four deaths were from gunshots while the fourth victim, was burnt to death. Five other victims were hospitalized. Four of them were discharged while the fifth victim who sustained gunshot wounds on the arm is still in the hospital,” the committee revealed.

The committee also revealed that over 300 households, 8 vehicles and many motorcycles and bicycles were destroyed and burnt while 3 vehicles, bicycles stolen.

According to the findings of the committee, the insurgents mostly teenagers, came by motorcycles and bicycles carrying guns and locally made weapons.

The committee recommended that efforts should be made to rescue the abducted victims.

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