Tension As Boko Haram Attacks Village Near Chibok, Burn Down Houses


Boko Haram terrorists have attacked Goptari, a village 10 kilometers away from Chibok community in Borno state, Punch reports.

The attack, residents said, occurred at 8 pm on Thursday, October 18.

The residents said some group of Boko Haram terrorists invaded the community, set houses on fire after looting food supplies and livestock.

“They attacked the village around 8:00 pm (1900 GMT), firing heavy guns which made people flee into the bush,” Samson Bulus from nearby Kautikeri village said.

“The Boko Haram raiders looted homes and shops, taking along food supplies and livestock before burning the entire village,” he said.

Another resident, Luka Damina said troops of the Nigerian military had engaged the attackers in a gun battle but were over powered during the operation.

“The Boko Haram fighters overpowered the soldiers and seized a van with a machine gun mounted on the deck from the soldiers,” Damina said.

Another resident, a local chief said, a soldier was wounded during the shootout.

Also, the Nigerian army spokesperson Sani Usman said 13 soldiers were wounded in the attack.

Usman also said that some soldiers were missing after the attack that made troops withdraw from the gun battle between the Nigeria army and the terrorists.

Meanwhile contrary to this, the chief of army staff Tukur Buarai while commissioning some offices in a Lagos Barracks said there are no Boko Haram terrorists in Nigeria.

Buratai said all the terrorists have been driven into the Lake Chad Basin areas by the Nigerian military.

He also said that most attacks witnessed in the country were carried out by insurgents from this region.