Abuja — SUSPECTED members of the Boko Haram sect have killed over 300 people in Gamboru Ngala a border town between Nigerian and Cameroon.
The well-armed insurgents were alleged to have driven into the town in armoured vehicles.
Gamboru is the administrative Headquarter of Ngala local government area of Borno state.
It is about 200km from Maiduguri, the capital city.
It was gathered that the insurgents targeted a local market as they fired sporadically into the crowd at the market before proceeding into the town to wreak more havoc.
Confirming the report, Senator Ahmed Zannah said the terrorists spent about 12 hours wreaking havoc on defenseless locals.
He revealed that several other persons were also injured in the attack.
He added that almost all the houses and shops in the town were burnt down.
He claimed that the attackers were armed with dangerous weapons comprising of Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC), Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), petrol bombs, assault rifles and Rocket Propelled Launchers (RPGs).
"The attackers stormed the communities in the night when residents were still sleeping, setting ablaze houses and shot residents who tried to escaped from the fire".
He said over 300 persons were confirmed dead after the incident, with several others injured.
Almost all the houses in the communities were destroyed by the hoodlums who threw Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) at the buidings.
"My brother who was at the scene of the attack told me that the actual number of the dead cannot be ascertained but at least thet are upto 300. In fact as we spoke he wept following the high number of the dead bodies which littered the market".
According to him, the security forces earlier deployed to the area, moved to the Lake Chad axis when they received intelligence report that some gunmen were sighted with abducted schoolgirls moving to the area.
"Initially there were many security operatives in the town to secure it from possible attacks. However upon receiving information over the movements of insurgents with kidnapped Chibok schoolgirls towards Lake Chad area, they withdraw and moved further to confront the gunmen."