Boko Haram blows bridge in Yobe
Boko Haram continued its onslaught in the Northeast yesterday, blowing up a bridge linking Buni Yadi with Damaturu in Yobe State.
The insurgents attacked Katarko, hitting a military facility, before entering the town. Eight people were killed.
Katarko is 22 kilometers south of Damaturu, the state capital. It is in Gujba Local Government Area, one of the strongholds of the Boko Haram insurgents.
Eyewitnesses said the insurgents stormed the town around 7:30pm and operated unhindered till 2.00am yesterday.
The attackers, according to an eyewitness, simply identified as Modu, went straight to the military base in the town.
“They came here and launched an unsuccessful attack on the military base before embarking on some selective killings within town, leaving us with eight casualties at present being prepared for burial,” Modu said in the telephone.
Another resident, Mallam Garba, a witness, said soldiers guarding the bridge were outnumbered and outgunned by suspected Boko Haram militants. The bridge is the fifth to have been blown up in the past three months.
Abbas Gava, a civilian security volunteer, said during the rainy season the road will now be impassable, further isolating areas that have been under constant attack for months.
Boko Haram has killed thousands of people in five years of insurgency, including hundreds of children. Yobe State, along with Borno and Adamawa states, has been under emergency rule for more than a year, but Human Rights Watch says the insurgency continues to grow more violent and more far-reaching.
It was also gathered that the insurgents vented their anger on the bridge linking Buni Yadi and Damaturu, whose section was blown off.
It was gathered that it is the first time Boko Haram militants attacked Katarko, since the commencement of hostility by the insurgents in 2009.
Also yesterday, two Boko Haram suspects were arrested in Damaturu metropolis for possessing Improvised Explosive Devises (IED) with the intention of causing havoc.
Security authorities declined comments on the arrest but residents confirmed that the suspects were arrested at separate locations.
A security source said: “Some suspects were arrested in connection with such act but investigation is going on to ascertain the weight of their intentions”.
In Cameroon, Security Forces rescued the wife of the country’s Deputy Prime Minister, Amadou Ali, who was abducted on Sunday by suspected members of the extremist Boko Haram sect, the BBC Hausa service reported.
The wife of Deputy Prime Minister and her maid were kidnapped in Cameroun’s northern town of Kolofata.
The attackers stormed their residence and took the woman away.
A military commander in the area said Boko Haram militants engaged Cameroonian soldiers in the town for some time.
The deputy Prime Minister, Mr. Ali, escapeed to a neighbouring town, commander Feliz Formekong said.
A local religious leader, Seini Lamine, was also abducted from the town in a separate incident.
Mr. Lamine, who is called the Lamido, is the mayor of the town.
Cameroon said it strengthened security at its border in April after Boko Haram abducted nearly 300 school girls in Chibok, Borno State.