Shocked survivors count their dead after Boko Haram attack
Kano (Nigeria) (AFP) – Traders burned alive in their stalls, whole families murdered as their homes were set alight: shocked survivors told Wednesday of Boko Haram’s latest atrocity as they counted their dead in north Nigeria.
Islamist gunmen razed scores of buildings as they stormed the town of Gamboru Ngala, on the Cameroon border, on Monday, firing on fleeing civilians and leaving hundreds dead according to witnesses.
Survivors said the extremists overran the town in armoured trucks and on motorcycles, making it too dangerous for locals to return immediately.
Details of the ruthless attack emerged bit by bit as they dared venture home — to a town “littered” with dead bodies, Musa Abba, a witness, told AFP by telephone.
Area Senator Ahmed Zanna put the death toll at 300, citing information provided by locals, in an account supported by numerous residents.
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