‘Many houses’ on fire as Boko Haram hits Chibok

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Korongilum, a community in Chibok local government area of Borno state, is currently being attacked by suspected Boko Haram insurgents.

A resident told reporters that the insurgents came into the community around 6pm, shooting sporadically and setting many houses on fire.

“People were just returning to their houses from the farm when the insurgents came in,” the resident said, adding “They came in through Forfor, and our people are running for safety as we speak.”

A military source said troops from the Nigerian Army’s 28 task force brigade and 117 battalion, both headquartered in Chibok, are already on their way to Korongilum.

“In fact, the brigade and the battalion commanders are the ones leading soldiers to the attack,” the source said.

Two students of the same parents were killed in January when the insurgents attacked Payasatan Bilaburdar village Gatamarwa ward in Chibok.

About 30 people were killed in February when the insurgents attacked passengers in Auno, a town 20 kilometres from Maiduguri, Borno state capital.

President Muhammadu Buhari who visited the state following the attacks had said Boko Haram cannot survive without local support.

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