As if in defiance of global efforts to fashion out strategies to deal with it, the outlawed Boko Haram sect has struck again killing at least 29 persons in an attack on a market in Ngurosoye village in Borno State.
Ngurosoye is in Bama local government area of the state and about 56 kilometers away from Maiduguri, the Borno’s capital.
The attack occurred on a day that the Nigerian President, Goodluck Jonathan joined leaders and officials from Cameroon, Benin Republic, Chad and Niger at a meeting called by President Francois Hollande of France to discuss the Boko Haram menace and ways of dealing with it.
It was gathered on Saturday that the insurgents invaded the town in their dozens riding on motorcycles and six Hilux van and immediately went about shooting indiscriminately and throwing rocket launchers at the market which caused the death of some traders in the market.
A security source who spoke to journalists on condition of anonymity said 29 lifeless bodies were counted moments after the attack and that several other persons were injured.
A resident of Bama said they heard rumour of an impending attack on the area about two weeks ago and that in spite of that nothing was done to beef up security in the area.
This is the third time the group which has looted markets and homes in recent times for food and livestock, would be attacking Ngurosoye village.
Attempts made to get the Borno state police commissioner, Lawal Tanko and the spokesman of the 7 Division of the Nigerian Army, Muhammad Dole, a colonel, to react to the report proved unsuccessful as he was unreachable on his mobile phone.