By Iro Dan Fulani
Suspected Boko Haram gunmen have attacked two villages in Madagali local government area of Adamawa , killing dozens and burning houses in a pattern of violence that has become almost a daily occurrence, local officials and witnesses have said.
Reports say that the two attacks on villages took place on Saturday night and early hours of Sunday in remote parts of Gubla and Wagra during which dozens were feared killed, others injured as hundreds fled.
Some residents of the affected villages who fled the area said they were attacked by Boko Haram members.
“They used explosives during the attack on the houses and many people lost their lives, I saw at least 13 corpses littered on the ground,” one villager recounted.
Another resident said she saw about ten dead bodies being evacuated.
hose injured, including a soldier, were hurriedly taken to Gulak hospital where some are reported to have died.
Another resident claimed that some houses were also attacked by the gunmen who took some men as hostages.
“I saw some people crying, saying their relations had been taken away as hostages by the gunmen,” said one resident.
The insurgents had on Saturday night attacked a military base at Gubla and later burnt an down armoured tank, though some of the attackers were said to have been nabbed.
Efforts to get military and police authorities comment on the incident did not yield result at the time of filling this report but the Chairman of Madagali council, James Abawu Watharda, had confirmed the two attacks, though he could not give details of those lost their lives during the attacks.
Watharda said soldiers have sealed up the area and were hunting for the fleeing attackers, adding that “people were killed, and some houses, were set ablaze by the attackers, while all the villagers have fled.”
Madagali local government is borders Gwoza local government of Borno State, which has experienced series of insurgent attacks since the declaration of the state of emergency.