9 May 2014

Nigeria: 315 Bodies Buried in Gamboru

More corpses were recovered from rubble and 315 were buried yesterday after Monday's attack in Gamboru, a border town near Cameroon in northern Borno State.

Our correspondents say since the day of the attack by the Boko Haram, residents have dedicated their time to search for their loved ones after more than 200 houses and the biggest market in the town were destroyed. Kolo Abbaram, a youth volunteer in Gamboru, said they had been burying corpses since Wednesday.

"We moved from house to house and have recovered many bodies. Many men and women were killed and children were also affected. There are many mass graves now because it is not possible to bury the dead individually. We therefore put 10 bodies in each grave," Abbaram said.

Another resident, Mukhtar Bukar, said an epidemic is looming in the town because of the level of devastation caused by the explosives deployed by the attackers.

"Today we recovered five decomposing bodies from the ruined market. I believe some people are still being trapped," he said, adding that humanitarian assistance was yet to reach Gamboru.

"The only bridge that links Gamboru with the other side of Borno has been destroyed. Trucks can no longer come across and this is affecting supply of basic needs like food and drugs," Bukar said.

Isma Ali, a merchant, said vehicles going to Cameroon and Chad from Maiduguri and other parts of the country now have to pass through Banki, another border town in Bama LGA which has also witnessed series of attacks. He said security had been beefed up in Gamboru and Ngala following the deployment of troops.

"In fact, there was apprehension when the soldiers arrived because many surviving residents had fled because they were afraid... Even the terrorists wore military uniforms," he said.

Our correspondent gathered at the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital that many victims with bullet wounds are being treated there.

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