“Boko Haram attacked Pemi village, killed seven people and abducted another seven, including a pastor,” Kachallah Usman, secretary of the Chibok native authorities space, instructed CNN on Friday.
“They also burned down a church, a dispensary and several houses,” 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 one among Boko Haram’s factions, additionally mentioned the group was liable 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 “local bandits” had been accountable.
Audu Chiwar, a former secretary of the Chibok group in Abuja, instructed CNN he acquired a name on Thursday from a neighborhood resident reporting that gunmen had opened fireplace within the village. The witness instructed 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.
Several eyewitnesses instructed CNN that they too heard gunshots and noticed individuals being shot.
An worldwide Christian youth group had been holding a parade in Pemi village to rejoice Christmas when the assault passed off, in keeping with eyewitness Bomo Ishaku.
Nkeki Mutah, chairman of the Chibok group in Abuja, has instructed CNN he believes Pemi village was particularly focused as a result of it’s a Christian-majority group.
“Since 2018, virtually every two weeks, Boko Haram has been attacking Chibok, killing and abducting people,” Mutah mentioned.
“They want to wipe Chibok out from the surface of the Earth.”