By Our Reporter
At least 26 people were feared killed and several others were critically injured in a Boko Haram attack in Madagali area of Adamawa State, a community leader and a resident said on Tuesday.
Locals say that suspected Boko Haram’s gunmen riding motorcycles in large numbers in Kudakaya village, in the Madagali area of Adamawa state, at about 7:00 pm on Monday.
This is one of the series of attacks being witnessed in the recent times.
“Many fell victim to the attack, I saw corpses of 26 people who were killed, and there several others that were critically injured and taken to hospital,” said a local vigilante who doesn’t want to be named.
Another community leader Abawu Maina Ularamu a former Madagali local government chairman supported the vigilante’s account and added: “They burnt several shops and many homes. They also stole food.
‘’ As I am talking to we are living in an atmosphere of despair and agony for this attack, over 20 were killed, while many injured and rushed to hospital.
‘’ There is no doubt the attackers came from Sambisa. We experience such periodic attacks from Boko Haram, who usually look for food.
‘’Already residents are fleeing for fear of uncertainty; they (Boko Haram) are not far away with us, any slide opportunity they may strike again,’’ said he.
It could be recalled that the insurgents had in the last week attacked three villages and on their way out, they ran into a group of vigilantes on patrol in Kuda village, who engaged them in a shoot-out, killing two of the attackers.”
The state police spokesman Othman Abubakar confirmed the attack, saying that ,’’ Yes, I was briefed that members of the dreaded Boko Haram insurgents have attacked the village, though I am yet to get the casualty figures but security operatives were deployed are on the top of the situation.’’
Adamawa was said to have been cleared of Boko Haram in late 2015, after they rampaged across the northeast, seizing towns and territory.
But attacks have continued in the north of the state, particularly around Madagali, which borders Borno state and the militants’ Sambisa Forest stronghold.
The insurgency began in 2009 and has since killed at least 20,000 people and made more than 2.6 million others homeless.