“Boko Haram attacked Pemi village, killed seven folks and kidnapped one other seven, together with a pastor,” Kachallah Usman, secretary of the Chibok native authorities space, informed CNN on Friday.
“In addition they burned down a church, a dispensary and several other homes,” he added.
Pemi is positioned roughly 20 kilometers from Chibok, the place Boko Haram kidnapped greater than 200 schoolgirls six years in the past.
A person purporting to be Abubakar Shekau, a frontrunner of considered one of Boko Haram’s factions, additionally mentioned the group was accountable for the kidnapping of greater than 300 schoolboys within the nation’s northwest earlier this month, although governor Aminu Bello Masari refuted this declare, saying that “native bandits” had been accountable.
Audu Chiwar, a former secretary of the Chibok group in Abuja, informed CNN he acquired a name on Thursday from a neighborhood resident reporting that gunmen had opened fireplace within the village. The witness informed Chiwar that a number of homes within the space had been burned down, in addition to the Evangelical Church of the Brethren within the village of Pemi.
A number of eyewitnesses informed CNN that they too heard gunshots and noticed folks being shot.
A world Christian youth group had been holding a parade in Pemi village to have fun Christmas when the assault happened, in keeping with eyewitness Bomo Ishaku.
Nkeki Mutah, chairman of the Chibok group in Abuja, has informed CNN he believes Pemi village was particularly focused as a result of it’s a Christian-majority group.
“Since 2018, just about each two weeks, Boko Haram has been attacking Chibok, killing and abducting folks,” Mutah mentioned.
“They need to wipe Chibok out from the floor of the Earth.”