Boko Haram burns school, health facility in Yobe

Abubakar Shekau, leader of Boko Haram terrorists Yobe
Abubakar Shekau, leader of Boko Haram terrorists

Some gunmen suspected to be Boko Haram insurgents yesterday burnt a school and a health facility in Katarko village, near Damaturu, the Yobe State capital.

Residents said the insurgents set ablaze the Katarko Primary School and the primary healthcare clinic in the village after looting drugs and food items.

It was learnt that a military base in the village may have been burnt, but this could not be confirmed.

A resident, Adamu Ali, said he and his family were woken by gunshots and petrol bombs.

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He said the insurgents struck at about 5.30 am while Muslim prayers were ongoing.

“It was such a very terrible way of waking up. The gunshots and the fire from the petrol bombs were scary, but thank God, we stayed in the house and we were not attacked,” Adamu said.

Katarko is about 25km east of Damaturu.

Army spokesman, Sector 2 Operation Lafiya Dole, Lt. Kennedy Anyanwu, did not respond to messages sent to him.