BY NDAHI MARAMA
MAIDUGURI— No fewer than 20 persons were killed yesterday, while 10 others were injured when gunmen suspected to be members of the Boko Haram insurgency group launched an attack on Logomani village in Dikwa Local Government Area of Borno State.
Dikwa is about 65 kilometres away from Maiduguri, where series of terrorists’ attacks and killings had occurred in recent times. Soldiers were said to have later pursued the insurgents into the forest around Ngamboru Ngala.
Bukar Alhaji Gana, a native of Logomani, said that about a week before the attack, there was a rumour that some members of the sect were seen heading towards Marte area, where a terrorist camp was located before it was destroyed by the Joint Task Force, JTF.
He said: “We were told that some of the Boko Haram sect members came around and warned some people, but left almost immediately towards Marte, close to Lake Chad Basin.”
It was learnt that the attackers, dressed in military uniforms, also left with some of the women and also collected money from some of the truck drivers in the area.
A passenger who narrowly escaped death, told newsmen that the attackers shot three passengers and slaughtered 14 people before someone alerted them that soldiers were coming. They fled on their motorcycles into the bush.
At press time, there was no report from the military authorities on the issue as the acting spokesman of the 7 Division Nigerian Army, Captain Aliyu Danja, could not be reached for comments.