By TIMOTHY OLANREWAJU, Maiduguri
No fewer than five churches have been burnt in some communities south of Borno in separate attacks by Boko Haram terrorists, an official in the area said yesterday.
Daily Sun learnt that armed Boko Haram insurgents invaded Kwajaffa, Tashan Alade and some communities in Hawul Local Government in the southern part of the state on Wednesday night , setting fire ablaze five churches.
A source claimed the insurgents had threatened to return to some of the communities and burn own Hawul Local Government, a alleged threat which created fears among the people.
Caretaker Chairman of Hawul Local Government, Dr. Andrew Usman Malgwi while confirming the incident to journalists in Maiduguri on telephone said the Boko Haram men have been targeting churches in the area, expressing fear the “the Council Secretariat may be the next target of the terrorists.”
He said the insurgents have now shifted their deadly attacks and destruction to Hawul Local Government which is predominantly Christians dominated area and one of the three local governments that have witnessed less attack by Boko Haram since 2010 when insurgency heightened in the state.
Malgwi appealed to the Federal Government to deploy more troops to the area to forestall possible attacks on other communities in the area while equally safeguarding lives and property of the people.
Hawul is about 220 kilometres from Maiduguri, the state capital and shares local border with the neighbouring Adamawa State.
Thursday, 31 July 2014