No fewer than five churches in Kwajaffa, Tashan Alade and other communities in Hawul Local Government Area of Borno were on Wednesday set ablaze by suspected members of the Boko Haram terrorists.
Hawul, a predominantly Christian community in southern part of the state also shares local boundary with Garkida town of Adamawa State, which came under attack by some group of insurgents last Sunday.
They killed 2 soldiers and three civilians and set ablaze a Police station.
Hawul, which is about 30 kilometres to Biu Local Government Area and 220 kilometres drive from Maiduguri, the state capital, is witnessing series of attacks by terrorists.
They are suspected to have formed their camps aroung Zhur, Pelachiroma and Kwajaffa hills and valleys.
Waploaded gathered from sunnewspaper that the gunmen invaded the affected communities on Wednesday night targeting only churches, using Improvised Explosive Devices and petrol bombs to set them ablaze.
It was also gathered that the gunmen after destroying the churches, told some residents that their next target was to go and set ablaze the Local Government Secretariat in Hawul.
Although no life was lost, the gunmen operated freely without confrontation from either residents or security operatives.
The Caretaker Chairman of Hawul Local Government Area, Dr. Andrew Usman Malgwi confirmed the burning of churches in some of his communities as well as the threats that “the Council Secretariat will be the next target of the terrorists”.
He explained that the insurgents have now shifted their deadly attacks and destruction to Hawul, and therefore called on the Government and security agencies to immediately deploy troops to safeguard lives and property of innocent citizens.