The killing spree by suspected Boko Haram insurgents continued yesterday as the sect launched a deadly attack on community in Borno State, killing 29 people.
The latest attack on Sunday — just a day after at least 74 were killed in three separate attacks – hit the town of Mafa in the Northeast state, Boko Haram’s historic stronghold.
According to Senator Ahmed Zanna, the militants had sent fliers to the town earlier in the week, warning of an impending attack.
Following the threat, some people fled, schools were closed and military reinforcements were sent to the town roughly 45 kilometres (28 miles) northeast of Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.
But when the attack began “the soldiers fled because they could not match the firepower and numerical strength of the gunmen”, Zanna told AFP.
“Twenty-nine people have been buried from the attack by Boko Haram”, he added.
The incident was confirmed by the state Police Commissioner, Lawal Tanko, who disclosed that units were headed for Mafa to assess the damage.