Men armed with Rocket Propelled Launchers and AK47 rifles apparently members of Islamist sect, Boko Haram on Monday, October 27, 2014 stormed Kukawa town, in Kukawa local government area of Borno State, setting fire to the police station, public buildings, including clinic, the government lodge and about 250 vehicles, most of which belong an unnamed oil company exploring oil in the Chad Basin.
A Vanguard report states that asides the torching, the insurgents also killed about three people.
Abor Kanembu, a resident of the town said the terrorists arrived the town in several Toyota Hilux vehicles and motorcycles, heading straight to the police station and shooting sporadically.
He said “the insurgents burnt down the Kukawa Divisional Police station and some public buildings in the town. I cannot tell the casualty figure because we had to flee the town in fear of our lives.”
Another resident, Mohammed Mafindi stated that the had to scamper for safety as the insurgents had killed three civilians, affirming that the incident happened between 4 am and 10 am.
In Mafindi’s words: “The attack was a reprisal to an attack earlier attempted by the men of the Nigerian police Force, who were on routine patrol in the area in which they opened fire on the insurgents.
The insurgents immediately responded by killing two policemen, and abducted two others while two policemen escaped into the bush,” Mafindi stated.
The caretaker chairman of the Kukawa local government area, Alhaji Modu Musa said the sect members marauded the town, killing many people as well as setting the aforementioned places ablaze.