Medical personnel of the MNJTF treating some of the injured civilians at Baga
PHOTO CREDIT: VOICE OF NIGERIA
VOICE OF NIGERIA
29 July, 2013
Heavily armed Quick Reaction military
forces have been deployed in Baga area
of Borno state, where at least 20 people were killed at the weekend by suspected Boko Haram members.
The spokesman for the Multi National
Joint Task Force,MNJTF,Lieutenant Haruna Sani,confirmed the killings which occurred when men of the civilian
JTF from the state capital Maiduguri were in Dawashi village to hunt for suspected Boko Haram members, but the terrorists opened fire on the villagers, killing 20 and wounding many others.
“According to an eyewitness who
pleaded anonymity, a group of Civilian
Joint Task Force from Maiduguri stormed the village of Dawashi in search of Boko Haram members when the suspected sect members came armed and fired sporadic shots that killed over 20 innocent civilians while a dozen secured serious gunshot injuries,” Lieutenant Sani said.
The Task Force has brought the area
under control and over a dozen victims
affected by the attack received medical
treatment from the MNJTF Field Ambulance in Baga. He said the victims were mostly fishermen and traders, carrying out their legitimate business in the area.
The MNJTF has been deployed to ensure
the safety of lives and property in the
area,known to be suspected Boko Haram
stronghold. The MNJTF, a joint military force set up in 1998 to combat border crimes, consists of troops from Nigeria, Chad and Niger Republics. Its mandate was recently expanded to fighting the Boko Haram insurgency.