Borno Attack: UK Pledges Support For Nigeria In Tackling Security Challenges

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The UK Government has pledged its support to tackle the security challenges in the country.

The British High Commission in a series of tweet on Tuesday condoled with the families of those that were killed at a funeral in Borno on Sunday.

The British government called on the Nigerian government to ensure that those responsible for the attack be brought to justice.

“Our prayers and condolences are with the victims’ families; importantly those responsible are brought to justice.

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“The UK will continue to stand with #Nigeria in tackling its security challenges.

“We join the government and people of #Nigeria in unequivocally condemning the reported killing of 65 mourners at a funeral in #Borno on Sunday”.

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Scores Feared Killed In Borno Attack

Borno AttackScores of people are feared killed by militant groups believed to be members of Boko Haram after they launched an attack on Damasak, a town on the border with Niger Republic.

Eyewitnesses told our correspondent that gunmen in a convoy of Toyota Hilux vehicles and motorcycles, on Monday morning, attacked the town located in Mobar Local Government Area of Borno State, with Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) and petrol bombs, killing scores of the residents.

The gunmen were said to have also torched and looted several houses and shops, before soldiers rushed to the area at about 11.45AM.

Many of the residents were reported killed as they fled into a river and nearby towns.

It was also gathered that the gunmen were dressed in military uniform, giving the impression that they were there to protect Damasak, only to launch an attack on the town.

Damasak is about 187 kilometres north of Maiduguri, the state capital.

The Borno attack comes after the killing of over 40 fishermen and traders at the weekend by the militants at Doron Baga, 155 kilometres east of Damasak, the council headquarters of Mobbar.

Gunmen kill 5, burn church, police station in Borno

Gunmen suspected to be members of the Boko Haram, stormed New Marte, Marte Local Government Area of Borno State, where they killed a Police Sergeant and two civilians at the weekend.

The gunmen also set ablaze the Divisional Police Headquarters, COCIN Church and the residence of the Unit Commandant of the Army. Five vehicles parked in the premises of the police station were also burnt.

Local media report that the gunmen arrived in three Golf saloon cars and eight motorcycles as the residents scampered for safety as multiple explosions and gunshots rented the air.

An eyewitness, who narrowly escaped the attack told journalists in a telephone call that “the terrorists overpowered the police and other security agencies as both the police and the army ran out of arms and ammunition during the four-hour battle with the attackers.

He said when the security agencies realised that they had run out of ammunition, they immediately called for reinforcement from the Monguno Military Barracks in Monguno Local Government Area. However,due to network and communication problem, the terrorists executed their mission and left before the arrival of additional troops.

Confirming the incident, a security officer, who claimed anonymity said that there was an attack in New Marte over the weekend by suspected members of Boko Haram sect, where they killed a police officer and two civilians, while some places were equally razed by the hoodlums.