ABUJA: AN unspecified number of people have been killed after suspected to be members of the Boko Haram group attacked Askira town in Borno State.
Fleeing residents disclosed the attack to journalists in Maiduguri, the capital of the terror attack-prone state. According to one of the residents, Adamu Musa, the insurgents have attacked the town in a convoy of vehicles and motorcycles.
He said the terrorists were armed with Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) and petrol-bombs. The allegedly set alight several public buildings, including a secondary school, a Divisional Police Station and telecommunications masts.
“As we were about to depart the motor park yesterday afternoon, we saw some insurgents chanting religious slogans in Arabic. They moved to burn down a school in the town to ashes,” said Musa.
“They did not stop there they proceeded to the police station and a health centre and threw IEDs at the buildings,” he added.
A fleeing resident said the terrorists vehicles’ were mounted with Rapid Propelled Grenades (RPGs) and they shot sporadically and chanted, “Allahu Akbrau” (God is great, in Arabic).
“I cannot give you casualties on civilians and security personnel, but we saw some bodies of people on the road, while we were fleeing.” The military could not be reached for comment at the time of publication.
Terrorists have intensified a series of attacks in Borno State since the beginning of the year. It was recently reported up to 2 000 civilians might have been killed after Boko Haram invaded Baga in the Borno State.
SOURCE: CAJ NEWS AGENCY