Local vigilante group (file photo)
Some members of the vigilante in Borno were gearing up to confront the dreaded terror sect, Boko Haram when they ran straight into a trap set by the hideous group.
Three civilian vigilantes lost their lives on their way to fight Boko Haram in Borno state, after they drove straight into a trap set by the Islamic terrorists.
Trouble started after they were alerted that Boko Haram militants had stormed Huyum village in Borno state. The vigilantes from Chul village on Monday evening, March 14, then embarked on a road journey to battle the militants.
However, on their way to Huyum, their vehicle ran straight through a bomb which had been carefully planted by the road.
According to residents who spoke to AFP, the incident claimed the lives of three immediately.
“We lost three of our colleagues to a roadside bomb yesterday evening on their way to repel Boko Haram in Huyum,” said Adamu Galadima, a vigilante in the town of Askira Uba.
“The vigilantes were approaching Huyum, which was under Boko Haram attack, when the front tyre of their vehicle hit a bomb planted by the attackers”, said Galadima, who attended the victims’ funerals.
Huyum resident, Peter Malgwui, explained that Boko Haram fighters had anticipated that soldiers from Askira or vigilantes from nearby hamlets, they then planted bombs to slow them down.
“Vigilantes from Chul heard of the attack and rushed to counter the Boko Haram gunmen when they hit the bomb, killing three and injuring seven.
“Boko Haram gunmen travelling in an open van attacked Huyum at about 7.30pm,firing indiscriminately and forcing residents to flee into the bush.
“A woman was shot dead in the attack while a girl was shot and injured in the leg,” Malgwui added, who fled following the attack.
The gunmen were believed to have come from nearby Sambisa forest, which has long been Boko Haram’s enclave and base.
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