Nigeria: Boko Haram militants kill 4 vigilantes, abduct 4 women
By Mohammad Ibrahim
June 15 ( Abuja) Some elements of Boko Haram militants on 6 motorcycles yesterday attacked Kutuva village in which they killed 4 persons and abducted 4 women from the village.
It was gathered that after the attack, the local vigilante in Kaya mobilized immediately to the village and trailed the militants up to their suspected hideout located somewhere south of Sabon Garin Bale.
The vigilante were said to have done their best by engaging them but unfortunately the militants escaped into the bush. But the courageous vigilantes destroyed the terrorists camp and recovered all hoisted Boko Haram terrorists’ flags, 3 Fabrique Nationale (FN) rifle magazines, 2 AK-45 rifle magazines and 24 rounds of 7.62mm (NATO) ammunition.
A statement signed by the Army Acting Director Public Relations Colonel Sani Usman Kukasheka said the vigilantes also rescued an 11 year old girl who stated that she was abducted by the militants from Batha village.
"Sadly, the vigilante could not trace the militants or the abducted women. However, effort is on going to trace and rescue them," he said.
In a related development, a team of local vigilante in Damboa led by Sarkin Yaki Ali Gwoza intercepted some persons along Njaba road, south of Damboa town while on patrol. During preliminary interrogation, they confessed that they were Boko Haram militants group members that were compelled to join the insurgency against their will and that they were on their way to Damboa to surrender to the military.
" They attributed their decision to give up their nefarious activities because continued military onslaught and that life has become hard and unbearable for the militants generally.
"Further screening has confirmed 17 of them as hardened Boko Haram militants trying to escape and infiltrate the society. Similarly, a combined patrol team of 7 Division Garrison, 101 Special Forces Battalion and 3 Civilian JTF, while on clearance patrol, intercepted a Golf car with registration number BX 508 RBC, suspected to be carrying suppliers of logistics such as spare parts and Improvised Explosives making Devices materials to Boko Haram militants along Kayamla general area Tuesday morning.
"The suspected suppliers abandoned the vehicle and fled into the bush on sighting the patrol team. The vehicle and its contents has been recovered to nearby military location," the statement reads.