At least four civilians are reported to be killed and eight others seriously injured when some suspected Boko Haram sects invaded Gamboru Ngala Local Government Area of Borno state early in the morning on Wednesday.
According to a Vanguard correspondent, about 50 gunmen rode on motorcycles armed with sophisticated weapons, stormed Flatari ward of the council and ordered residents to come out from their houses before they opened fire on their victims, which led to the death of 4 residents with injuring of 8 others.
The incident occurred around 1:00 am in the town of Gamboru Ngala near the border with Cameroon, about 135 kilometres away from Maiduguri, the state capital which had witnessed series of bombing and killings in recent past.
The gunmen dressed in military uniforms went into the Fulatari neighbourhood and called on residents to come out and see Boko Haram members they claimed they had arrested.
“They took up positions and shot whoever came out of his house to see the Boko Haram men they claimed they arrested,” Musa Zango, a member of a local vigilante group, told AFP.
“They deceived the people in the area into believing they were part of the (vigilante groups) that have sprung up in the town recently to fight Boko Haram,” he added.
The gunmen shot dead three residents and strangled another when the gun they fired at him failed, Zango said.
On Monday, troops stationed in the town arrested 17 Boko Haram suspects after a shootout following a tip-off by residents who feared an imminent attack, said Bukar Galadima, a local youth leader. However, it was unclear if anyone was killed in Monday’s violence.
The attack stroke after JTF reported on Monday, August 19, the sect's leader that Abubakar Shekau has possibly died of gunshots received in an encounter with JTF in one of their camps at Sambisa Forest on 30 June 2013.
Boko Haram’s insurgency has killed at least 3,600 people dead since 2009, including killings by the security forces.
Borno is one of the three states under emergency rule for more than three months. The other two states are Yobe and Adamawa. It was declared on 14 May 2013 by the President Goodluck Jonathan to confront the growing incidence of insecurity in Nigeria.
It has also been reported by a military official that at least nine people have died in another gunfight between police formations and suspected Boko Haram gunmen in the northeast Nigerian border village of Gwoza on Tuesday night.
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