MAIDUGURI: At least 15 people were killed when suspected Boko Haram gunmen stormed a market in northern Nigeria late on Sunday, witnesses and a security source said.
Villagers in the farming community of Daku, in Borno state, described how they were surrounded by at least 20 gunmen who fired indiscriminately and threw petrol bombs, engulfing the market in flames.
“Sunday is normally a market day and people from neighbouring villages had gathered at the local market in Daku when the insurgents laid siege,” said grocery seller Laraba Simon.
“Scores of people escaped with bullet wounds while dozens of shops, stalls, houses, vehicles, motorcycles and assorted foodstuff were set ablaze by the rampaging attackers.”
Laraba said the insurgents “surrounded the village with sophisticated weapons and petrol bombs”.
Attacks by Islamist extremists from Boko Haram have increased in recent months, with the military apparently incapable of preventing the almost daily bloodshed exacerbated by the kidnapping of more than 200 schoolgirls in April.
The group has killed thousands during its battle against the government since 2009, but the conflict has received unprecedented global attention since the abduction of the schoolgirls.
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