At least 44 people were slaughtered at Dumba village on the outskirts of Baga town, in Kukawa Local Government Area of Borno State, by gunmen on Tuesday night in what is believed to be a continuation of reprisal attacks since the death of Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau became public.
According to sources, about 50 gunmen stormed Dumba village which is some kilometers away from Baga and slaughtered 44 people. Many people were also said to have been injured during the attack that lasted for hours.
It was learnt that the gunmen also set fire on some houses in the village.
Rescue workers have been mobilized to the area from Maiduguri with the aim of providing medical services to the surviving victims.
The assailants were said to have removed the two eyes of some of the victims while many others had their bodies decapitated.
A rescue worker told Journalists in Maiduguri that the village came under attack late Tuesday when some unknown gunmen stormed the settlement and killed many people when they were fast asleep.
“As I’m speaking to you now, Red cross officials and the San Medicine Frontier are attending to the injured victims,” a rescue worker with a federal government agency who does not want to be named said.
According to him, the village has been deserted, as the people are now taking refuge at the Baga central primary school.
A source with the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) who confirmed the incident, said the agency has mobilized to the area to access the situation with a view to render humanitarian assistance to the injured victims and those who were psychologically traumatized in the attack.
According to him, the agency will on Saturday(today) set up camp at the Baga central primary school for the displaced victims.