At least 60 persons have been killed by members of the outlawed Boko Haram sect in Ngoshe and Kaigamari villages of Borno State, close to the border with Cameroon.
The terrorists also set ablaze many houses, shops, telecommunication masts and other property worth millions of naira.
Speaking with AFP in Maiduguri, the state capital, chairman of Bama Local Government Area, Mallam Baba Shehu Gulumba, said: “The attackers, who were no doubt Boko Haram insurgents, attacked Amchaka and nearby villages this morning, hurling IEDs (Improvised Explosive Devices) into homes and setting them on fire. They then went on a shooting spree, opening fire on confused residents as they tried to flee, killing 60 people and injuring several others”.
According to an eye witness who escaped the attack in Ngoshe, Mallam Usman Jidda, the gunmen who were sighted some few days back in between the mountainous areas of Ngoshe and Limankara villages carried out the attack without any challenge from the security operatives in the area.
“I thank God for sparing my life and members of my family as we were able to escape the deadly attack. We are now settling with one of my relatives in Gwoza council area. I can confirm to you that more than 30 people were killed by the insurgents in Ngoshe, apart from the destruction of property worth millions of naira”, Jidda told Vanguard.
The attack in Kaigamari village of Konduga near the state capital according to sources have forced surviving residents to flee the area to Maiduguri on Sunday for safety.