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30 people dead as gunmen invade yet another Borno village

The killings has not stopped in Borno as unidentified gunmen ransacked a village within the state leaving at least 30 people dead.

The attack occurred in Shawa village within the Damboa Local Government Area of the state.

The assailants followed the usual tactic of the Boko Haram terrorists by attacking the village when everyone was asleep.

Leadership reports:

The gunmen crept upon sleeping villagers, shooting and setting houses ablaze with petrol bombs.

A resident of Shawa village who managed to escape the killings said the gunmen continually chanted “Allahu akbar” (God is great) while shooting sporadically.

“It was at about 4am when we began to hear the sounds of vehicles; then it was followed by shooting of guns. We immediately knew we were in trouble”, said Musa Yakubu, a resident of the village, who spoke on phone from Biu where he fled to during the attack.

An official spokesman of the Nigerian Vigilance Group, Muhammed Gava, who also confirmed the incident to LEADERSHIP, said apart from killing 30 people, the gunmen also set many houses ablaze, including 100 bags of maize and another 50 bags of millet stored for sales in the coming market days, and went away with many goats and rams.

“Our men in Damboa had visited the village in the morning and reported to us that the village, which is close to Kilakisa community along Biu-Maiduguri highway, had been deserted; and they had to help gather the corpses for burial,” Gava said.

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