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Boko Haram Insurgents Attack Yobe Community, Burns School, Healthcare Centre

Channels Television  
Updated March 16, 2021
The primary school burnt down by Boko Haram insurgents

 

Gunmen suspected to be Boko Haram insurgents on Tuesday attacked Katarko community in Gujba Local Government Council of Yobe State.

The insurgents also burnt down a primary school and a healthcare centre located in the community.

Confirming the attack, a resident Fantami Kura told Channels Television that the gunmen stormed the community at about 5:30 am when they were going to the mosque for prayers.

The classroom also burnt by Boko Haram

 

“We came out as usual around 5.30 am for prayers, we sighted the gunmen, we immediately alerted our people and run into bush for safety.

“They proceeded straight to the military formation in Katarko shooting sporadically and later set the base on fire”

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The number of casualties is still unknown at the time of this report, however efforts to contact the Acting Assistant Director, Army Public Relations of the Sector 2 Operation Lafiya Dole in Damaturu, Lieutenant Kennedy Anyanwu proved abortive.

Katarko community which is 18 kilometers south of Damaturu the state capital, has been under attack over 10 times.

 

The primary healthcare in Katarko burnt down by Boko Haram

Rise In School Abductions

Since December, more than three schools in different states have been attacked and over 600 students have been kidnapped.

From Katsina through Niger to Zamfara states, bandits have struck schools, forcing some state governments in the north to shutdown boarding schools.

The Federal Government has in reaction vowed to tackle the menace, insisting it would not allow bandits to shut down the education sector, but the criminals have continued their acts with attacks on schools in Kaduna.

 

Kaduna Attack

On Monday, bandits attacked another school in the Rema area of Kaduna State, north-west Nigeria.

A map showing Kaduna, a state in Nigeria's North-Central region.
A map showing Kaduna, a state in Nigeria’s north-west region.

 

During the attack, some pupils and teachers were feared to be abducted.

The Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs in the state, Samuel Aruwan, confirmed this in a statement on Monday.

He noted that the primary school attacked by the bandits is located at the Birnin Gwari Local Government Area of the state.

However, in a later development, Mr Aruwan while giving an update on the incident said three teachers were abducted and no pupil was kidnapped or declared missing after a headcount was conducted.

The latest attack followed the attempts by bandits to attack three schools in the state – at the secondary and tertiary levels.

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Similarly, on Saturday, the Kaduna State government confirmed that a total of 39 students are missing after gunmen attacked the Federal College of Forestry in the state.

 

The attackers were reported to have invaded the school through a fence and went straight to the school hostel and abducted many students and staff.

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Mr Samuel Aruwan noted that 23 female and 16 male students have yet to be accounted for following the attack on the school located in the Afaka area of Igabi Local Government Area of the state.

The commissioner, however, gave an assurance that the state government was maintaining close communication with the management of the college.

He added that efforts were being sustained by the security agencies to track the missing students who were apparently abducted by the bandits.