Brave hunters overwhelm Boko Haram fighters; kill 7 and capture 1
Posted by News Express | 24 October 2016 | 2,279 times
Some brave members of the Adamawa State Hunters Association manning the troubled border of Sambisa Forest have engaged fleeing members of Boko Haram terrorists, capturing one alive and killing seven in Ghantsa area of Makwan village in Madagali Local Government Area in the state.
Reports from the area revealed that the terrorists launched an attack on the village around midnight Saturday, maiming and looting villagers of their food stuffs, setting their houses ablaze and shooting sporadically at will.
It was in that process some nearby Fulani pastorals sneaked to the duty post of the hunters not far from the attacked Makwan village which is also very close to Gulak town, headquarters of Madagali Local council Area, to inform the hunters, who immediately mobilised to the village and engaged the terrorists.
Eyewitness from the affected area who pleaded anonymity revealed that the attack started by 12pm on Saturday by the members of the Boko Haram but the intervention of the hunters on time saved the situation as they chased them away.
The eyewitness narrated that while the Boko Haram elements were busy with their operations, seven of them met their waterloo while some escaped with bullet wounds on their body into the bush.
“The hunters engaged the Boko Haram insurgents in a cross-fire for close to three hours midnight on Saturday and they overpowered them resulting to the killing of seven, one was caught alive with gun wounds and others escaped into the bush,” the witness said.
Confirming the incident, Mallam Bukar Jimeta, the leader of the Hunters Association of Nigeria, said his men killed Boko Haram but refused to speak further on the issue.
Also a senior military officer, who does not want his name mentioned in the print, confirmed that there was an attack at about 12pm on Saturday to 1pm of Sunday morning, resulting to the killing of one member of the Boko Haram insurgents.
He said some weapons and ammunitions were recovered from the insurgents and have been handed over the authority concerned.
Contacted on the issue, the Army Public Relations Officer in charge of 28 Task Force Brigade said in a telephone interview that such report was yet to come to his attention but promised to cross check and get back, but was yet to respond as at the time of filing in this report.
•Sourced from Peoples Daily.Photo shows hunters engaged in the war against Boko Haram.