By Fr. Gideon Obasogie
Eleven persons killed in a fresh attack in Pulka.
Suspected Boko Haram insurgents on Wednesday at about 8:30pm launched a deadly attack on Pulka community in Gwoza local government area of Borno State killing eleven people.
An eyewitness told us in Maiduguri that the insurgents stormed the town with several Hilux Vans and Buses looking for the reverend father of st Peters Catholic Church in the town as first target for slaughter.
According to the eyewitness: “the leader was telling the members not to set any house ablaze, but they were only to spill blood for the day.
“They attacked the St. Peter's Catholic Church in Pulka, vandalized the Priest's house, the office and the Church auditorium, as they shouted "ina shugaban su" meaning where is their leader in hausa language?”
"The Parish Priest who left home that evening to bordering Michika town to do some work on his car believed that God protected him as usual as he never wanted him to die so soon.
“On his return, he was greeted with the corpses of eleven members of his Church who had been slaughtered in cold blood. Many people had long fled the town to the top of the hills for safety. The eleven were slaughtered as they tried fleeing the town, since the sect members had laid ambush round the town waiting for them.”
Pulka is a community that has been under siege for quite some time now. Towards the end of last year, series of attacks were recorded as unknown gun men attacked five communities in the town, killing dozens and destroying houses and looting farm produce as well as animals.
The community leaders called for serious military presence because their town had been constantly under seige because it is a major route for the sect members, who are on the run as they are fleeing sambisa.
The boko haram sect members believed to have being disbanded in Sambisa one of their major hide outs are on the run leaving destruction in their trail.