Boko Haram burns Takulashi in Borno village after the Air Force “ignored a rescue call”
The Nigeria Air Force did not respond to requests for support when suspected Boko Haram rebels attacked the village of Takulashi in the Shikarkir district of Chibok local government in Borno state, military sources told TheCable.
At about 10 am on Sunday militants descended into the village and from time to time they fired and set fire to houses.
Sources said at least 11 villagers were killed before the 28th Nigerian Army Task Force Brigade, based in Chibok, tried to repel the attack.
“The militants arrived with six trucks with weapons, three other vehicles and some heavy weapons. They also killed several militiamen who hired them first and took their Hilux car, ”the source said.
“When they entered, the head of the squad immediately called the army. Based on the information provided to them, the army brigade began calling in aircraft for air support when soldiers from the brigade’s 117th battalion were mobilized to advance into the area.
“Unfortunately, there was no response from the Air Force. The entire village was reduced to ashes, and after about an hour of firefight with the troops, the rebels left. “
Another source said the large numbers of insurgents would be dismantled “if air support arrives on time. One or two air strikes would have destroyed them. “
TheCable found that most of the villagers have stumbled across the bushes and some are heading towards Chibok, which is about 15 kilometers away.
When contacted, Air Force spokesman Ibikunle Daramola asked TheCable to come to the defense headquarters because he could not comment on what was happening.
However, John Henenche, the defense media operations coordinator, did not immediately answer calls from his phone. He did not respond to the message at the time this report was sent.
In February, residents of Garkida, Adamawa State and Korongilum, Borno State, accused the Air Force of refusing to fire on suspected Boko Haram rebels when they attacked their communities.
But the Air Force said it did not shoot “so as not to kill innocent people.”
Source: – Cable