Boko Haram destroys Nigerian town in deadly raid

Boko Haram fighters kill several people, raze town in latest raid in Nigeria

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Boko Haram fighters reportedly killed several people and burned dozens of homes in a raid on a town in Nigeria’s Borno state on Sunday.

Dozens of the group’s members entered the town of Gubio on trucks and motorcycles on Saturday night.

Babor Kachalla, a resident of the town, told the AFP news agency that "Boko Haram invaded our town last night and killed many of our people and burnt more than half of the town.”

"We all fled into the bush amid volleys of bullets and rockets. We lost many people in the attack because the gunmen overpowered the soldiers guarding the town.”

Adam Kakami, another resident of the town, said that the Boko Haram fighters entered the town dressed as soldiers before attacking on duty guards.

The town had also fallen to Boko Haram last November, but national soldiers reinforced by local guards were able to recapture the area.

Boko Haram has been fighting a six-year insurgency in a bid to establish a state of its own in northern Nigeria and in the process has killed thousands of people and caused about 1.5 million to flee their homes.

A recent offensive by Nigerian army was backed by neighbouring Niger and Chad, leading to the recapture of most of the territory in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states and forcing Boko Haram to retreat.

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