Fresh Boko Haram Attack Claims 90 Lives In Borno
SAN FRANCISCO, February 16, (THEWILL) - Barely a week after Boko Haram insurgents launched two deadly attacks on two Borno towns, killing almost 100 persons, another attack on Izge in Gwoza Local Government Area of the State Saturday night has claimed 90 lives.
Hundreds others were said to have fled the town to escape from the rampaging terrorists.
Last Tuesday, the insurgents killed over 60 persons in Kodunga and set many houses on fire, with many becoming refugees in the land of their birth.
On Saturday night, the gunmen were said to have stormed Izge town, killing the residents without let or hindrance as they inflicted severe injuries on others.
Local sources disclosed that several other residents are presently missing while the lucky ones have been moving out of the town in droves.
Narrating their ordeal, a resident of the town, Mallam Bulama, said the gunmen who were dressed in military camouflage stormed the town midnight on Saturday killing 93 persons, and inflicting injuries on several others.
"As I speak to you, many residents of Izge are missing and those lucky enough to be alive have started leaving," he said.
Bulama said the insurgents, numbering about 100 stormed the town with with sophisticated weapons as they shot sporadically, setting many houses and commercial shops on fire.
Recounting his loss, an indigene of the town, Adamu Izge, who is based in Maiduguri, said he lost his father in-law in the attack.
According to him, the "insurgents stormed the area at about midnight on Saturday wearing military uniforms and were well armed with sophisticated weapons and launched massive attack on the village killing many persons with many others missing and injured.
" Izge said the gunmen set the entire town on fire and pursued those running for dear lives to the nearby villages where they slaughtered them.
Meanwhile, members of the Izge community in Maiduguri, according to Adamu Izge, have condemned the attack as they asked the State and Federal Governments to intervene and stop the incessant attacks by the insurgents on their village and surrounding area .
He expressed worry that Gwoza, Bama, Konduga and Damboa towns have been under incessant Boko Haram attack in recent time and called on the Federal Government to deploy more troops and equipment to the area.
Confirming the Saturday night attack , the State Commissioner of Police, Alhaji Lawal Tanko, said on Sunday that there was indeed an attack on Izge .
He could not however confirm the casualty figure.