At least 13 persons are feared dead in a retaliatory attack staged by members of the Boko Haramsect against the volunteer youth vigilante groups otherwise known as the civilian JTF in two towns in Borno State.
The towns of Gwoza and Gamboru/Ngala were ransacked by the terrorists who were bent on fishing out residents and vigilante youths who had turned in their members to the Joint Task Force, JTF in charge of the area.
Gamboru/Ngala, a border town with Chad, is a commercial town about 150 kilometres east ofMaiduguri, while Gwoza, a hilly town has various outlets into Cameroon and is 135 kilometres fromMaiduguri.
It was gathered that in the last one week, youth vigilante groups in search of members of the sect have recorded successes in both towns as they were able to arrest a large number of terrorists resident in the towns.
A security source told journalists that the attack occurred early on Wednesday morning at about 2:00am.
“The attack at Gamboru/Ngala took place in Fulatari ward at about 2am on Wednesday by suspected Boko Haram members,” a military officer who spoke on the condition of anonymity told journalists.
A member of the entourage of the Emir of Gwoza who traveled to Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, to inform the state Governor ,Kashim Shettima, of the occurrence, disclosed to journalists that two policemen were killed in an attack on Gwoza police station at about 8am.
He said further that seven of the insurgents also died in the clash with policemen and men of theJTF.
However, another source said that four people were killed when the insurgents opened fire on a house while eight people sustained injuries from gunshots.