Boko Haram militants kill 25 in Borno

Borno state on map used to illustrate the story

Boko Haram terrorists in the early hours of election-day attacked Buratai town in Biu local government area of Borno state and killed 25 persons.

They left several hou​ses burnt, government officials and witnesses have said. 

Those killed, according to witnesses from the town, were sleeping when the insurgents opened fire on them. 

Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima, confirmed the attack on Miringa. 

A resident of Buratai, Mallam Garba, who told journalist that he had to flee to Biu town which is the local government headquarters, ​explained that the gunmen arrived the town at about 4 a.m. driving two vehicles and several motorcycles. 

Mr. Garba  said “the insurgents killed 25 people, injured 5 before setting ablaze some houses and fled away”, he said. He added that “they had earlier sent messages around warning us not to encourage democracy by participating in the today’s election”. 

Borno State Governor, Mr Shettima, told journalists in Maiduguri that his Commissioner for Education, who is from Buratai district, had called to inform

​him that he participated in the burial of the 25 murdered persons.
​”​I share in their pains and I would be visiting the area two days after the election to condole with the people​,​”  the governor said.

Suspected Boko Haram militants also attacked Gombe towns Saturday as election process got underway, killing at least 10 people.


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  • tundemash

    I thought the 6 weeks extension was to avoid this ?

    • Otile

      This people want to go their own way, why not let them go? Most of you are becoming land grabbers, but true islamic states are not up for grabs. If you grabbers pursue your territorial ambitions further you lose your throats.

  • Maitama Tambari

    For those who do not know where Buratai is situated, it is along Damaturu, Buni Yadi, Buratai and Biu. You may recall the first Secondary School attacked by Boko Haram where circa forty students were killed is closed to Buratai. Miriga is between Buratai and Biu on the same stretch of road. I gave this sketch to show that Buratai is far from battle ground in the Northern and Eastern part of Borno State. Where are our troops?