According to Premium Times, Gun men suspected to be Boko Haram yesterday Monday May 26, attacked villages in the mountains of Gwoza town of Borno State, leaving 9 villagers death and setting various houses and churches in the area ablaze. Report even have it that the men hoisted their flag at Ashigashiya ward of Gwoza Local Government Area, a place where they now claim as their headquarters.
A local government official, Nglamuda Ibrahim, while speaking to newsmen confirmed the incident and said some of the villagers with bullet wounds are currently taking refuse at the mountain top. He also added that there is no help from the police or military to rescue those that were injured since the attack and that sect men are believed to still be planning for a another attack.
“As we speak now, I am still receiving distress calls from them, they were all crying and calling for help; no soldier or police official had gone there yet. The Boko Haram gunmen mounted their flags in Ashigashiya which is now like their headquarters. In last night’s attack, six churches were burnt, eight persons were killed and several others seriously injured. We cannot count the number of houses that were burnt in Chinene village of Chikide-Joghode-Kaghum ward. They also attacked Amuda village where one person was killed and several others injured. As I am talking to you now, the insurgents have mobilised at Izhaghathagwa mountain, planning on how to finish (kill) our people; that is why they have been calling for help before the gunmen climb up to them. We are calling on the military authorities in the state to quickly go up there and help us rescue those poor villagers, their wives and children before the imminent danger of the gunmen attack caught them up in the mountains,” he said. “We have a detachment of soldiers that were deployed to Gwoza but none of them cares to go behind the mountains, even though everyone hears the sound of the shootings there” he said
Meanwhile a military personnel who spoke to Premium Times said the flag hoisting took place three weeks ago in Ashigashiya village. He also said the military has been informed about the yesterday, Monday’s attack.