29 Killed As Boko Haram Bombs Market In Borno
Despite the claims by the Nigerian military that it has dealt a heavy to members of the violent Islamic sect, Boko Haram, in their forest hide-outs in Borno, the sect is still wrecking havoc in the state, killing innocent civilians.
The latest of the sect atrocities occurred Nguro-Soye, near Bama town in Borno, where the sect bombed a market, killing no fewer than 29 persons.
According to report, the attack on the market was said to have been carried out on Saturday night.
Narrating the incident at the market, a trader who identified himself as Shuaibu Abdulahi said, “I travelled to Bama to buy bags of beans. Suddenly, there was a deafening bang at the middle of the market. It was in the late afternoon and commercial activities were at their peak,”. He estimated the death toll to be as high as 29.
Abba Tahir, a bus driver who was said to be offloading passengers at the market during the incident, said he counted 20 bodies.
“People were helping in evacuating the corpses after the confusion had died down. Some people who were injured were taken to the general hospital,” Tahir added.
There was no claim of responsibility for the attack yet as of the time of this report.
Borno State Police Commissioner,, Mr. Lawal Tanko, who confirmed the incident, was quoted as saying, “An explosion in the market in Nguro-Soye killed 17 people.”
Bama is a border town and the headquarter of the Bama Local Government Area of Borno State. It is about 135 kilometres from Maiduguri, the state capital.
The town is not new to attacks by the Boko Haram insurgents. The 202 Army Battalion Barracks located in the town was hit by Boko Haram in December 2013.
Several women and children, mostly wives and wards of soldiers, who battled the insurgents for over seven hours, were killed in the attack launched at about 3 am.
On February 19 this year, the insurgents also attacked Bama.
Confirming the February attack, Governor Kashim Shettima had said the attackers “inflicted a lot of damage on the town.” A Borno State senator, Ahmed Zanna, had then told the BBC that the attack on Bama lasted for five hours.
Boko Haram has killed well over 1,500 people in the North-East zone since the sect launched its war against the Federal Government.
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