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Army says victims of terrorist attack have “unholy alliance” with sect members

The comment was made by Army spokesman, Brigadier General Sani Usman after the village was attacked by terrorists on Wednesday, March 16.

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The comment was made by Army spokesman, Brigadier General Sani Usman after the village was attacked by terrorists on Wednesday, March 16.

“The terrorists who came with some vehicles at about 6.00pm attempted to set the town ablaze and kill the residents but the timely intervention of the troops prevented that mishap,” Usman said via a statement released on Thursday, March 17.

“While troops are still consolidating and mopping up, it is imperative to state that preliminary investigation shows that the attackers of Magumeri came from the same community. The terrorists that attack the village are well known to the people.

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“It should also be noted that the village was never attacked throughout the period of the insurgency for some inexplicable reasons. The terrorists and their collaborators hibernating in the area were never exposed. There seems to be unholy alliance between the terrorists and the villagers.

“Consequently, we are constrained to state that it’s now high time for the people to take up the fight themselves and help the Nigerian military and other security agencies to protect them. It is a grievous mistake and criminal offence to continue to shield or harbour any known Boko Haram terrorist in their midst.

“The terrorists must be exposed and their movements promptly reported to the security agencies. The terrorists are inhuman and barbaric, therefore cannot be trusted to spare anyone in perpetuating their inhuman acts.

“It is imperative that all communities in the North East especially Borno State, should fully cooperate with the military and the Security agencies by exposing Boko Haram terrorists in their respective towns and villages,” he added.

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The attack in Magumeri is said to have left many villagers dead but no official casualty figure has been released.

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