How 7 Boko Haram hunters were killed by a mine in Borno

How 7 Boko Haram hunters were killed by a mine in Borno

As many as seven hunters were killed while searching for Boko Haram members.

According to The PUNCH, they were blown up on Tuesday by a mine about 30 kilometers from Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state.

The mine, which was used by local hunters to drive cars in search of alleged Boko Haram members who had stolen cows from communities in the Jere local government area in the state, also injured 19 other hunters.

Both Senator Kashim Shettima, who represents Borno Central in the Senate, and Ahmed Satomi, who represents the Jera federal district in the House of Representatives, confirmed the incident on Wednesday.

Satomi said, “It was sad that seven local hunters were killed by a mine and another 19 were injured.”

He said: “The patrol hunters, having received notification that Boko Haram had brought cattle from some villages, decided to go after them. Unfortunately, during a search they were blown up by a mine.

“On the way after the village of Kayamla in Konduga, after the Alau dam, they were blown up by a mine, and their car broke down, and they had to request reinforcements from the nearest unit.

“Reinforcements arrived in a car with about 20 local hunters who moved to support the first vehicle and were hit by another mine on the way that dispersed their vehicles, killing seven and injuring 19.”

One of the survivors, Abubakar Gambo, told reporters in Maiduguri that they were 19 when they were traveling in a patrol truck when they heard a loud bang.

“We were patrolling the Kayamla route when one of the rear tires of our Toyota Land Cruiser exploded. We thought it was a normal tire explosion, but later we found out that it was a bomb, ”he said.

He also said that while they were trying to change tires, they noticed Boko Haram fighters crawling towards them, which caused them to start shooting in their direction when they called for reinforcements.

He said that the Boko Haram terrorists later fled, leaving the cows rustling.

Gumbo said: “Our reserve team arrived and began to chase the militants who had already gone far into the thickets. As they drove back, the car was hit by a huge bomb, causing nine people to explode immediately and injuring nine others. I saw how their car was thrown into the air. “

State Commissioner for Youth and Sports Saina Buba, confirming the incident during the funeral of the seven hunters killed in Maiduguri, said: “We are saddened by the death of these valiant hunters who sacrificed their lives to protect us. “

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