5-year-old killed, mosque, clinic razed in Borno Boko Haram attack

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Boko Haram [Photo Credit: Pearl News]

A 5-year old boy has been confirmed killed in the Boko Haram attack on Magumeri town of Borno State on Saturday evening.

PREMIUM TIMES reported the attack on the town as well as an army base. The army later confirmed the death of three soldiers while repelling the insurgents. Six other soldiers were injured in the attack, the army said.

Wakil Malam-Tawu, the Secretary to Magumeri Local Government Area, told the News Agency of Nigeria on Sunday that the boy was killed by a stray bullet.

Mr. Malam-Tawu said that two women and a teenager also sustained gunshot injuries in the attack.

He explained that a clinic, mosque and shops were also razed in the attack, adding that those injured were treated and discharged.

“The people have returned to their houses and slept at Magumeri while others came back in the morning. It was only one child of about 5 years old that was killed and three other people wounded by stray bullets.

“And also a rocket launcher hit one of our health clinics, including a mosque and some shops along the main road.

“This morning I visited Magumeri; the town is very calm, we paid a
sympathy visit to the person who lost his child to condole him.

“We also paid a visit to the areas where rocket launchers hit some of our structures.”

Mr. Malam-Tawu also dismissed as ‘misleading’ reports indicating that the insurgents had taken over the town, noting that normalcy has been restored to the area.

Although Boko Haram attacks in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe reduced in the past couple of years, the insurgents have still been able to carry out attacks mainly on soft targets.

The insurgency has caused about 100,000 deaths since 2009.


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  • Bassey Frank

    So long Garba Shehu, Femi Adesina and Lai Mohammed are intact with their families, Boko Haram has been defeated.

    • forestgee

      …and tragedy for others will continue. SAD

  • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

    The Nigerian Army has been degraded to an ethnic army of hundreds of unbaked “Generals” who rely on propaganda rather than the realities of the battle field . The Boko-haram are far from defeat, the casualty rate of soldiers is high and unacceptable , it is also clear that the leadership of the Army is not fit for purpose, they have run out of ideas in waging this asymmetric warT while Boko-haram keeps killing civilians in huge numbers and burning villages.

    IT IS ONLY RIGHT THAT THE PRESENT ARMY LEADERSHIP BE REMOVED AND REPLACED WITH OFFICERS WHO ARE CEREBRAL ENOUGH TO REALISE THAT INTELLIGENCE INSTEAD OF BRUTE FORCE IS THE KEY TO ASYMMETRIC WARFARE.

    • princegab

      Not pmb, he hasn’t the balls to sack anybody sir. It’s the responsibility of the youths to sack pmb come 2019.
      For now, naija is in bro.

  • thusspokez

    I feel sad for the victims of these attacks. They must have lost faith even in the army. The army does seem to have any answer to the recurrent raiding and burning down of villages. But at least it is doing something, unlike the mediocre SSS which is currently engaged in a tug of war with the EFCC in the west, over one of the latter’s former director general instead of helping to fight terrorist in the north-east.

  • Otile

    People are expecting too much from a corrupt army led by Buhari & Buratai. Under their corrupt leadership you can only expect military victory over defenseless civilians.

    • Biafran 1967

      Operation bokodance.

    • Jon

      “Attack on Boko Haram is an attack on North” … Buhari.

  • Kenny

    Lai “the liar” Muhammed is not talking!

  • Netanyahu

    I still believe that boko haram are no terrorists. They are friendly combatants defending islam and prophet mohammed. May his name be cursed forever. The terrorists are brutai, jubril, liar mohammed, hell ruffian etc that lie and deceive us into believing in their phantom chibok girls story etc.

    • Don

      Tell that to the families of the schoolgirls who were never returned to their families.”Friendly combatants” that will burn in hell….