At least three persons were burnt alive while a woman was abducted as Boko Haram militants attempted to overrun Maiduguri, the Borno State capital on Monday, Christmas day. Those killed were drivers who were bringing food items to Maiduguri from Biu but were caught up in cross fire at Molai. This is as the dreaded Boko Haram fighters attacked a security post in Molai, in their attempt to make an inroad to the city on Christmas evening.
Security operatives, who repelled the insurgents said that they were still looking for more corpses. “It was a serious attack; we are still on patrol at Molai and environs. We have seen three people who were killed. We also learnt that they have abducted a woman in Molai, while they were fleeing. “The situation is now calm, but the people who fled for safety are yet to return. We are trying to ensure that innocent people are safe,” a security source at the scene of the incident said.
It was earlier reported that the dreaded Islamic sect, Boko Haram had attacked the Security Post in Molai, along Maiduguri/Biu road and overran it. Earlier, a security source, who spoke to our correspondent said, “We are currently being mobilised to advance and the militants were said to be advancing towards the city. Our men are holding them.”
Also a resident of Molai said that the militants are advancing to the city, as many people were seen fleeing towards Maiduguri on foot, including women and children. “I am currently at Bakassi IDP camp. I spoke with my family who locked themselves in our home at Molai. “They said I should not attempt coming home as the insurgents have killed many people, including members of the civilian joint task force and order security personnel around Molai,” a resident reported earlier. The military and the Borno State police command is yet to make statements with regards to the attack in Molai.