BY ABDULLAHI ISAH, MAIDUGURI
Many members of the Boko Haram terror group were killed by members of the youth vigilante group from Chibok Local Government Area of Borno state during an encounter in Shuwa village of Damboa council of the state..
Shuwa village is a border village of Damboa council near Chibok and is located at the fringes of Sambisa Forest. It is one of the strongholds of Boko Haram terrorists.
It can be recalled that in recent times the insurgents have been terrorising Chibok communities, including the recent attack on Thlaimaklama village where foodstuffs and livestock were looted before the whole village was set ablaze.
A vigilante member who took part in the operation, Bukar Apogu said, during the encounter, one of the patrol vehicles of the vigilantes stepped on an Improvised Explosive Device (IED), suspected to be planted by the insurgents, which exploded killing two vigilantes, while two others were injured.
Confirming the encounter between the vigilantes and the terrorists in Shuwa, the Caretaker Chairman of Chibok Local Government Area, Mr. Yaga Yarakawa said, with the renewed attacks on his communities which was on daily basis, some vigilantes on patrol around the fringes of Sambisa Forest had an encounter with a large number of terrorists.
He said “several Boko Haram members were killed, while many others sustained various degrees of injuries, but unfortunately we lost two vigilantes in the process”.
“My gallant vigilantes yesterday went out on patrol and had a fierce encounter with Boko Haram in Shuwa village of Damboa Local Government Area. Two of the vigilantes were killed when they stepped on landmines, while scores of the insurgents were also killed and injured,” Yarakawa added.
Also speaking on the renewed attacks on Chibok, leader of the vigilante group in Chibok, Commander Aboku Shettima said “the Boko Haram terrorists are always on the move in Kuburmbula, Tsilari, Kamdzilari, Kuburnvwu , Kautikari, Kwada, Buftari and Kakulmari villages bordering Damboa, Chibok and Sambia forest, and this makes it difficult to effectively monitor and apprehend them with ease.”