Over 20 killed in Boko Haram attack in NE Nigeria
More than 20 people in the Gajigana community in Nigeria’s northeast region were killed in an alleged attack by terror group Boko Haram, said a local official on Monday.
The attack on Gajiganna, located 47km north of Maiduguri, the capital of the northern state of Borno, took place on Sunday evening, said Audu Mustapha, a legislator in the House of Assembly.
About 20 others were wounded during the attack, Mustapha, who was earlier at a local hospital where victims are being treated, told Xinhua.
Suspected Boko Haram militants drove into the community in trucks and shot indiscriminately when residents were breaking the Ramadan fast on Sunday, witnesses told Xinhua.
Abba Seriki, a member of the local vigilante group in the community, said residents, who ran in different directions, were tired and could not run too far to a safe place during the attack as “most of them had endured the Ramadan fast.”
At least 20 bodies were earlier prepared for burial on Monday but a few other wounded victims had reportedly died at the hospital while receiving treatment, Seriki said.
Local people said that troops deployed to Gajigana, a community in the Magumeri local government area of Borno, were in the eastern part of the attacked village when the Boko Haram drove in from the western part of the same area.
The military is yet to issue a statement on the latest attack. Since 2009, Boko Haram has been trying to establish an Islamist state in northeastern Nigeria, extending its attacks to countries in the Lake Chad Basin.
The group has posed enormous security, humanitarian and governance challenges in the Lake Chad basin, including Nigeria, Chad, Cameroon, Benin, and Niger, according to the United Nations.