Late Boko Haram Leader, Mohammed Yusuf
Saharareporters has learned that adherents of the dreaded religious sect, Boko Haram, have killed two local district chiefs and shot another village warden in Maiduguri, Borno State.
The two district chiefs known, with the title of "Lawan," were slain behind the palace of the Shehu of Borno in a fierce twilight attack carried out by Boko Haram militants. The militants accused the chiefs of serving as police informants. The third victim of the attack, a Bullama, was shot in the leg and left for dead.
The brazen attacks have heightened tension in the area. Our sources said the palace of the Shehu of Borno and the areas surrounding it were thought to be beyond limits to Boko Haram militants because of the tight security in the area. One SSS officer described the area as the "green zone," a reference to the heavily fortified administrative area in Baghdad, Iraq, manned by US military security. “We were caught unawares,” said the source, adding, “If Boko Haram could infiltrate the area, then they are a huge threat to lives and property.”
Last year, the police and army quelled an insurrection mounted by Boko Haram adherents in Bauchi and Maiduguri, killing the extremist group’s leaders. However, our sources revealed that the group had since re-organized and began small but effective attacks against security agents and local chiefs they believe were responsible for the clampdown on members of the group last year.