Boko Haram shoots, drowns 150 in Yobe River

boko-haram-naijaNo fewer than 150 fleeing residents of Kukawa-Gari drowned in a river or were shot dead as Boko Haram gunmen stormed the remote village in Yobe State, residents told AFP news agency.
Dozens of militants arrived on motorcycles and a car on Thursday last week and opened fire, scattering terrified residents of the village.
“They opened fire instantly, which forced residents to flee. They shot a number of people. Unfortunately, many residents who tried to flee plunged into the river. Many drowned.
“By our latest toll, we have 150 people either shot dead or drowned in the attack. The gunmen deliberately killed a fisherman, who tried to save drowning residents of the village.The bodies of many of the drowned were recovered by locals several kilometres away,” Modu Balumi, a resident of the village told the agency
News of the attack was slow to emerge according to AFP because the militants had destroyed telecom masts around the village since the insurgency began in 2009.
“Boko Haram gunmen attacked our village on Thursday which led to the deaths of around 150 people. Most of the victims died in the river while trying to escape. The gunmen opened fire on the village forcing people to run.
“Most residents, particularly women and children, ran towards the river in confusion. They were pursued by the gunmen, who kept firing at them. In the frantic effort to escape, they jumped into the river, which was full to the brim,”Bukar Tijjani, another villager added.
A local government official confirmed the attack but put the death toll much lower, at around 50.
…Sect Members To Face Trial In Chad
Ten suspected Boko Haram members are set to go on trial in N’Djamena, Chad over their alleged roles in twin attacks that killed 38 in N’Djamena, Chad capital in June, sources told AFP.
The case was since Monday, referred to the country’s criminal court though no date was given for the start of the proceedings, a judicial source told the agency.
According to the agency, the trial of the suspects from the Nigeria would be the first of its kind in Chad.
“The 10 suspected perpetrators stand accused of murder using explosives, illegal possession of weapons of war and criminal conspiracy,” the source said.
The accused include Nigerian national Mahamat Mustapha,

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