Bloody Sunday In Borno Market As Boko Haram Kills 15 Traders

boko-haram-3Gunmen suspected to be Boko Haram members on Sunday reportedly killed 15 persons, mostly traders in a local market in Daku village in the Askira/Uba Local Government Area of Borno State.

The insurgents were said to have invaded the market in the early hours of Sunday, armed with AK47 rifles, Improvised Explosive Devices and petrol bombs.

They killed and set structures in the market on fire. They were also said to have set several shops, houses, vehicles and motorcycles ablaze.

The scene of the latest attack (Askira/Uba) shares boundaries with Biu, Chibok, Gwoza and Hawul council areas, and is in the southern part of Borno State. It is about 190 kilometres to Maiduguri, the state capital.

Eyewitnesses recalled seeing the insurgents storm the market on motorcycles and in a Hilux Toyota vehicle at about 11am and opened fire on the traders, killing 15 instantly.

They were also said to have carted away food items and unspecified sums of money.

It was learnt that the terrorists operated for about an hour unchallenged before they were sighted fleeing towards the dreaded Sambisa Forest.

Efforts to get the official reaction of relevant authorities in Borno were unsuccessful.