It was a sad day for the resident of Magumeri area of Borno State, North East Nigeria as a five-year old boy was killed in an attack by Boko Haram insurgents at Magumeri town, headquarters of Magumeri Local Government Area.
Alhaji Wakil Malam-Tawu, the Secretary to the Council, told the media on Sunday that the apart from the boy who was killed by a stray bullet, two women and a teenager also sustained gun shot injuries in the attack.
He explained that a clinic, mosque and shops were also razed in the night weekend night attack, adding that those injured were treated and discharged.
Malam-Tawu said: “The people have returned to their houses and slept at Magumeri while others came back in the morning. It was only one child of about 5 years old that was killed and three other people wounded by stray bullets.
“And also a rocket launcher hit one of our health clinics, including a mosque and some shops along the main road.
“This morning I visited Magumeri; the town is very calm, we paid a
sympathy visit to the person who lost his child to condole him.
“We also paid a visit to the areas where rocket launchers hit some of our structures.”
He also dismissed as ‘misleading’ reports indicating that the insurgents had taken over the town, noting that normalcy has been restored to the area.
The Nigerian Army had announced that three members of its fighting troops were killed and six others wounded while trying to repel the insurgents’ attack in the town.
Col. Timothy Antigha, Deputy Director Army Public Relations, 8 Task Force Division, said in a statement that the insurgents attacked and damaged military formations in the area.
Antigha added that the troops had successfully repelled the attack while normalcy has been restored.