Boko Haram Strikes Market Near Maiduguri
Boko Haram insurgents attacked a market outside Maiduguri, local people who witnessed the incident told AFP at the weekend.
About 50 gunmen on motorbikes stormed the weekly market in Ngom village, some 20 kilometres from the Borno State capital, at about 1.00 pm on Friday and opened fire, they said.
The attack came hours after a fierce fight with the Nigerian army in the town of Konduga, 35 kilometres from Maiduguri, during which the military said Boko Haram fighters were routed, lost equipment and suffered heavy casualties.
“They (Boko Haram) came on motorcycles and opened fire on the market. They killed many people,” said Tanimu Goni, who fled to Maiduguri in the wake of the attack.
Another trader, Nafiu Umarari, added: “They fired indiscriminately and killed a lot of people.”
Neither witness gave a precise figure and there was no official word from the military, although one report on the Premium Times website said four civilians were killed.
The men said the insurgents seized vehicles and looted sacks of grain before fleeing but were pursued by a team of soldiers and civilian vigilantes from Maiduguri.
“The soldiers and the civilian (vigilantes) succeeded in killing dozens of the Boko Haram fighters but many of them escaped into the bush,” Goni said in an account supported by Umarari.
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