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Borno: 40 Feared Dead In Fresh Boko Haram Attack

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SAN FRANCISCO, May 28, (THEWILL) â€' A fresh Boko Haram attack, Wednesday morning, on Gurmushi village in Marte Local Government Area of Borno State may have claimed the lives of no fewer than 40 persons.

Gurmushi village is situated in the northern part of the state along the Nigeria-Cameroon border.

Local sources disclosed to THEWILL that the Boko Haram gunmen sneaked into the village after the early morning Muslim prayer Wednesday and started shooting sporadically as they attacked the residents in their houses and those returning from the early morning Muslims prayer, killing 40 persons in the process.

Though no official confirmation of the attack was received from security officials in the state when filing this report, a top security source said the incident had not been reported to the security and military authority in Maiduguri, the state capital, as a result of the unavailability of telephone services in the area.

However, a BBC Hausa Service news report monitored in Maiduguri, Wednesday, quoted a woman as saying 40 persons were killed in the attack.

'I counted over 40 corpses littered on the ground, while the village was razed down completely, most of us ran into the bush for our safety,' the woman told BBC, adding that 12 persons were also injured in the attack.

She disclosed further that she and some other residents of the village had to escape into neighbouring Cameroon out of fear that the Boko Haram gunmen may return for another attack.