SWITZERLAND, JUNE 10 – No fewer than 69 people have lost their lives after suspected Boko Haram gunmen attacked communities in Gubio Local Government Area of Borno state on Tuesday afternoon.
Residents of the attacked commununities are mostlty herders who have over the years resisted Boko Haram hostilities.
They arrived in vehicles and on motorcycles, shooting with AK-47s, razing the village and stealing 1,200 cattle and camels. A resident, a Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF) member and a soldier each confirmed the same account.
They said the men attacked because they suspected residents of sharing information on Boko Haram’s movements with security authorities.
“It’s an unfortunate day for us to witness this,” said CJTF fighter Kachallah Bumu. While he said the residents were armed, and had repelled previous attacks, this one caught them off guard.
“They took us unaware and killed our people,” he said.
Boko Haram and its offshoot, Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), have killed thousands and displaced millions in northeastern Nigeria.