Boko Haram invades Borno Mosque, guns down Imam, worshippers
Story from Saleh INUWA, Kano
Terrorists have attacked a mosque in Borno, killing the Chief Imam and three other worshipers.
The terrorists, numbering 20 launched the attack early by opening fire on worshippers who had finished their Fajir prayers at the Mosque which occurred in Ngulde community of Askira-Uba Local Government Area, according to Daily Trust.
The terrorists also looted livestock and foodstuff and set ablaze two vehicles in Ngulde community, which is located at some part of Sambisa forest in the state.
Commenting on the attack, Councilor representing Ngulde Ward, Honourable Bilyaminu Umar, said: “I, Honourable Bilyaminu Umar, Councilor representing Ngulde ward in Askira-Uba local government, wish to sincerely extend my heartfelt condolences and sympathy to my entire constituents over the recent heinous attack by Boko Haram insurgents, which occurred on 2nd September 2022.
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“Ngulde ward is one of the strongest communities in Askira-Uba local government that gave me the mandate in the last local government election to represent them, since then, I have been enjoying their solidarity and support. Hence, I felt deeply shocked in sharing the grief of this latest attack, when most of my people were busy tapping from this year’s farming season.
“The attack, which occurred in the early hours of Friday, September 2, 2022, after fajir prayers, claimed four (4) lives and left many with casualties, while properties and businesses worth millions of naira were also destroyed and carted away by the insurgents.
“Already, I have informed the Deputy speaker Borno State House of Assembly Rt Hon, Engineer Abdullahi Askira, on the unfortunate attack. He promised to convey it to the Executive Governor professor Babagana Umara Zulum for necessary action”.
When contacted, Borno State Deputy Speaker, who is also representing the Askira-Uba constituency, Abdullahi Askira, confirmed the incident.
He said: “Yes, I received a distress call yesterday that some terrorists invaded Ngulde community and killed three persons on the spot, while one other person died on the way to Garkida hospital where the injured ones were rushed for treatment.
“The insurgents, numbering about 20, invaded the community at about 6:30 am and asked for the whereabouts or house of the chairman of the local hunters/vigilantes.
“Without proper satisfaction, they went straight to some worshippers who had finished their Fajir prayers at the Mosque and opened fire, which led to the killing of three persons at the spot, including the Chief Imam of the Gima unit.
“A victim who sustained various degrees of injuries died on the way to Garkida general hospital, the deputy speaker said.
“They did not stop at that, as they looted foodstuff, livestock, after setting ablaze two vehicles”, he added.