An attack in Gamboru Ngala Local Government Area of Borno State yesterday, by suspected members of Islamist sect Boko Haram has reportedly claimed about 42 lives.
The latest attack occurred in the villages of Kanari, Wazarde and Gula along Nigeria’s border with Cameroon.
According to reports, yesterday’s attack in Gamboru Ngala LGA occurred after gunmen arrived the three border villages at about 3a.m in trucks with assault rifles, improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and petrol bombs.
Sources told Vanguard that the gunmen shot sporadically at fleeing residents, killing the victims.
“The shooting went on for about seven hours. The gunmen had a field day and operated unchallenged as they did not leave until about 9.30 am on Saturday,” one of the sources said.
The villages have been reportedly deserted as survivors took refuge in Ngala town and neighbouring Cameroon villages.
Borno State Commissioner of Police, Mr Lawal Tanko, told Vanguard when contacted, that he was not aware of the attack.
However, a top security source, who declined to be identified because he was not authorised to speak to the media, confirmed the attack.
According to him, two of the attacked villages were razed by the invaders.