Almost 200 suspected members of the Boko Haram sect were killed today by residents of Rann, the headquarters of Kala-Balge local government area in north eastern part of Borno State, officials and locals from the area said.
Residents of Kalabalge village in Borno State displayed gallantry on Tuesday when they foiled another deadly attack by Boko Haram by killing many of the attackers.
It was learnt that the gunmen had in their usual manner attempted to attack Kalabalge village in the early hours of Tuesday, but the attack was foiled when villagers led by local vigilantes confronted them and got many killed. This is the second attempt by Boko Haram insurgents on Rann. A similar one was waged by the attackers some months ago but was halted when they reportedly found it difficult to penetrate the town. It was however gathered that this time around, the insurgents had succeeded in entering Rann where they killed some people and burnt some houses but reportedly recorded the worst casualties.
Sources claimed that Kalabalge residents had fortified their village spiritually to avert any attack by the terrorists.
A state legislator from Central Borno, who wished to remain anonymous, confirmed the attack, pointing out that the locals had successfully repelled.
“The villagers succeeded in protecting their dwellings from the attackers. They killed about 200 members of the sect and many others escaped with serious wounds.
“Our people also recovered over 70 motorcycles that the attackers came with. They also collected 2 Hilux vehicles and an Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC) while some of the attackers were captured alive,” he said.
The Borno State police commissioner, Lawan Tanko has however said he was not aware of the attack. “The only information I heard today is that the insurgents have been sighted around Hamchika-Kala Balge road. We have informed sister agencies of the development,” he said.
Kala-Balge is about 200km away from Maiduguri, the Borno State capital. It lies along the Shores of the Lake Chad and is few kilometers away from Gamboru town where suspected insurgents killed nearly 400 people last week and destroyed over 300 vehicles, 650 motorcycles, dozens of residential houses, public buildings and the biggest market in the town that shares border with Cameroon.