Boko Haram kills 42 in Another Attack in Gamboru
The killing spree by gunmen, believed to be members of Boko Haram continued, yesterday, after an attack in Gamboru Ngala Local Government Area of Borno State which reportedly claimed about 42 lives.
Gamboru LGA was the scene of attack, three weeks ago, which left at least 300 people, including 16 policemen, dead.
The latest attack occurred in the villages of Kanari, Wazarde and Gula along Nigeria’s border with Cameroun.
It came on the heels of the ambush by gunmen, on Friday, on the convoy of some emirs in Borno State killing one and leaving two others seriously injured.
In the meantime, the Federal Government said it had not foreclosed dialogue in resolving the war with the Boko Haram Islamist group.
It also doused the controversy sparked by the statement by the Minister of Youth Development, Mr Boni Haruna, that amnesty plan for repentant Boko Haram members was in the pipeline, saying there was no such plan.
Yesterday’s attack in Gamboru Ngala LGA, according to reports, occurred after gunmen arrived the three border villages at about 3a.m in trucks with assault rifles, improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and petrol bombs.
The gunmen, sources said, 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 told Sunday Vanguard.
The villages have been reportedly deserted as survivors took refuge in Ngala town and neighbouring Cameroun villages.
Borno State Commissioner of Police, Mr Lawal Tanko, said 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.
He said that two of the attacked villages were razed by the invaders.
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