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September 8, 2013 //
Thirteen members of the civilian JTF were shot dead by suspected Boko Haram militants in an early Sunday morning attack on Benesheikh in Kaga Local Government Area (LGA) of Borno.
Benesheikh is about 75 kilometres from Maiduguri, the capital of the state.
One of survivors Malam Zanna Fannami told news men on his hospital bed at the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital (UMTH) that the attack took place around 12.30 a.m.
Fannami, a leader of the vigilance group, added that 17 persons were also injured in the attack.
“The whole thing started around 12.30 a.m as we were keeping vigil at the entrance of the town.
“We heard an explosion near a military checkpoint, but before we could find out what was going on we began to hear sporadic gunshots,’’ he said.
Fannami said the group tried to repulse the attackers by fighting back.
“Unknown to us, the attackers were hiding on top of trees all over the place.
“They succeeded in killing 12 persons on the spot, while another person died while receiving treatment at the hospital. Seventeen other persons were also injured.
“But we did not give up, as we kept fighting them until we chased them away. We also killed four of the attackers as they fled. We got five pump action guns from them,’’ he said.
Mohammed Abuwar, another survivor, corroborated Fannami’s claim, saying the attackers came barefooted.
“They kept their vehicles faraway to avoid being detected before attacking us,’’ he said.
Lt. Col. Sagir Musa, the spokesman of the Seven Brigade of the Nigerian Army, could not be reached for comments.
However, a senior officer in the brigade, who asked not to be named, confirmed the story by saying the military had already pursued the attackers.
Also speaking, Malam Garba Ngamdu, the …
Source: Desert Herald