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)
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.
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"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.
- CAJ News