Tada Jutha, Maiduguri
Suspected terrorists of Islamic State of West Africa Provinces (ISWAP) have killed 11 fibre optic workers of a telecom firm at Wajirko in Borno state. Wajirko village is 135 kilometres south of Maiduguri and located along Damboa-Biu road of Sambisa Forest.
Confirming the incident Thursday in Maiduguri, because of poor telecom networks, Mustapha Karimbe of Civilian JTF said the terrorists burst from forest to attack and killed them, after being warned to stop working.
“The insurgents on Tuesday came in the morning and opened fire on labourers, killing 11 of them and injuring many others,” he said.
He said the victims were locals contracted by a telecom firm as casual labourers. He said the terrorists warned labourers to stop working along the road; but they ignored them; as they need money to feed their families.
According to him, the injured were taken to the Damboa hospital for treatment. A resident, Modu Bukar, also said: “The villagers are starving and the laying of cables along this road provides them means of livelihoods to survive.
“We had to ignore the terrorists’ threats on our lives to survive the 10-year insurgency.”
The Army and the police in Maiduguri are yet to confirm last Tuesday’s incident, after troops evacuated 2,450 residents of Sabon Gari to Damboa in May. ISWAP terrorists have a strong presence in Wajirko and neighboring areas along the 185-kilometre Maiduguri-Biu road.
The IS-supported jihadists have carried out several attacks targeting troops in the Maiduguri-Damboa-Biu axis.