17 killed as Boko haram attacks market in Borno

17 killed as Boko haram attacks market in Borno

No fewer than 17 persons lost their lives in a deadly blast blamed on Boko Haram which rocked a village market in Borno state.

According to the local police chief, Lawan Tanko, the incident happened late on Thursday in the remote village of Nguro-Soye.

The insurgents also destroyed nearby telecom towers, shutting down communications in the area which prevented the news from getting to the media on time.

A local trader, Hamisu Ibrahim revealed that the attackers fired RPG (rocket-propelled grenade) on the market and opened fire, killing 29 people and many others were injured.

Tanko said the attack could be the Boko Haram venting their anger over the ongoing military operation in the area against them.

However it could not be ascertained if the explosion was as a result of planted IED (improvised explosive device) or RPG.

Borno state has been under attack from the insurgents and many have lost their lives, while some others have fled the state.

Due to the incessant attack, authorities in Borno state recently shut down all public secondary schools after 43 students were shot and hacked to death by suspected Boko Haram gunmen last month.

Source: Legit.ng

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