Boko Haram kills 24 In Fresh Borno Attack
At least 24 people were reportedly killed yesterday in an attack carried out by suspected Boko Haram insurgents in Kamuyya village, Biu Local Government Area of Borno State.
Boko Haram militants have recently intensified bloody attacks in the rural areas as over 100 villagers have reportedly lost their lives within the last one week.
The latest incident occurred in the afternoon when dozens of the insurgents, armed with assault rifles and explosives invaded a weekly market in Kamuyya village, and killed 24 persons.
Residents said the insurgents had visited the town about two months ago and asked the village head to mobilise his subjects to contribute N250,000 for them to execute God’s work.
The villagers, most of them peasant farmers and petty traders, had only managed to raise N70,000, a situation which angered the insurgents.
They reportedly threatened to return and collect the balance, warning the community to either heed their demand within a stipulated period or face deadly attack.
A resident, Bukar Umar, said: “Actually, when they issued such threat, we all took it lightly and nobody bothered to make any extra effort to raise the amount they requested for.
“Maybe that was what ignited this bloody attack because we were unable to meet their demand.”
Umara said over 20 insurgents stormed the Kamuyya weekly market, when traders were conducting their businesses and opened fire into the crowd before setting shops and vehicles on fire.
According to him, “the militants, armed with sophisticated weapons, raided the area and proceeded to the major market. They began to shoot sporadicaally into the crowd, killing 24 people on the spot and burnt most of the shops in the market.”
He said the people were taken unawares as the town had not come under such heavy attacks for a long time.
He expressed dismay that innocent people were killed without the intervention of the security forces.
He said: “Throughout the onslaught, which lasted over five hours, there was no single security personnel to confront the invaders as they had a field day.