Fleeing soldiers in Maiduguri on Wednesday disclosed that the Boko Haram insurgents used over 5,000 cows as shield when the group clashed with federal troops in Monguno on Sunday.
A fleeing soldier, who does not want his name mention, said the cows were seized from Fulani herdsmen in villages around the northern parts of Borno State by the insurgents.
“Every day, we heard stories that Boko Haram insurgents were seizing cows from Fulani people. Nobody ever thought that their plan was to use the cows as shield to evade soldiers until that day when the release over 5,000 cows as shield.
“They hide themselves behind the cows and were advancing towards us. All our gun shots were hitting the cows,” the soldier said.
Hundreds of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) are still stranded in Maiduguri along Baga road.
NEMA officials said on Tuesday they have registered about 5,000 IDPs from Monguno town after last Sunday attack on the town by Boko Haram.