Breaking: Boko Haram invades church, [neutralizes] many

Reuben Abati picked up by security operatives

Boko Haram members has just attacked a church service in a suburb of Borno State.

A minimum of eight parishioners were reportedly [neutralized] in the onslaught.

The attackers rode on bicycles, invaded the church [neutralized] men outside church the church premises.

The occurrence happened shortly after morning service in Kwamjilari village, which is about 30 kilometers from Chibok, Borno state.

An eyewitness, Luka Damina, reported that “Some of the worshipers remained around the church and the gunmen opened fire and eight men were [neutralized].

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“Unknown to residents, some armed Boko Haram members had positioned some of their comrades on the road leading out of the village.

They [neutralized] everyone who tried to flee. Many people ran into the bush with various degrees injuries.

“But so far we can only confirm that eight persons were [neutralized].

“The Boko Haram members torched some houses. They also set fire to our maize farms.

“Our maize are almost ready for harvest. We don’t know what else to do,” Luka said.

A local chief from Kautikeri, a nearly village to the scene of the incident said soldiers were later deployed from Chibok.

“The chief said soldiers were later deployed to Kwamjilari from Chibok — the scene of a notorious kidnapping in 2014 when more than 200 schoolgirls were seized.

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“A similar attack in the area last month left 10 people [neutralized] and saw 13 others snatched, while homes were looted and burnt.

“Both raids bear the hallmarks of Boko Haram Insurgents.

“They have frequently attacked villages, churches and mosques across northeast Nigeria and beyond since 2009.

Recall that the Nigeria’s military said Boko Haram is technically defeated.

Last month, the Nigerian Army also claimed Abubakar Shekau was severely wounded on his right shoulder.