Women give birth in bush while escaping Boko Haram attack

Two pregnant women gave birth to babies in the bush Sunday
morning while fleeing from suspected Boko Haram insurgents
that attacked Gunti Gumi village of Alkaleri Local Government area
in Bauchi State.
A witness, Bala Kurba, said the insurgents stormed the village,
forcing the residents to take to their heels.
“The pregnant women were among those who fled the village. I
was also in the bush when I saw a group of women battling to
assist the two pregnant women deliver their babies.
“The women gave birth successfully and were taken to a nearby
community, where they were kept,” said Mr. Kurba, who is the
Manager of the Bauchi State government-owned Community FM
Radio station in Alkaleri.
Bauchi Police Command’s spokesperson, Haruna Mohammed,
confirmed the attack in a statement issued on Sunday.
He said that some gunmen in a convoy of 10 vehicles attacked
some towns in Alkaleri and Kirfi Local Government Areas.
“Today 29/3/2015 at about 12.25 am, unspecified numbers of
unknown gunmen in a convoy of over ten vehicles, stormed
many polling units in Kirfi and Alkaleri Local Government areas,
destroying many election materials.
“The hoodlums further attacked Kirfi and Alkaleri Divisional Police
Headquarters, but were repelled and pursued towards Dindima
Town along Bauchi Gombe Road.
“Meanwhile, operations are still on-going .The entire surroundings
have been cordoned-off by combined security forces and effort is
being intensified to restore normalcy in the area.
“Members of the public are urged to remain calm and disregard
rumour from mischief makers,” he said.

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