19 killed in Boko Haram attack
Published : Monday, 20 August, 2018 at 2:07 PM Count : 341
At least 19 people have been killed in an attack carried out by Boko Haram fighters on a village in northeast Nigeria's Borno state.
The armed group stormed Malari village at around 2:am on Sunday that left at least 19 people, said quoting a survivor the attack, Abatcha Umar, Reuters reports.
Umar said he counted 19 bodies, including that of his younger brother, after the attack.
However, an aid worker at a camp that received the survivors, and who declined to be identified, put the death toll at 63.
Hundreds of people from villages in the area have fled to the camp for displaced people in the garrison town of Monguno in Borno state, the aid worker said.
Boko Haram fighters had arrived in trucks at Malari village on Saturday evening, firing guns and rocket-propelled grenades, villagers said.
A village resident, Aisami Grema, said that police stationed in the village did not interfere with the attack.
"The police made no attempt to engage the Boko Haram fighters," Grema told AFP news agency.
The fighters ransacked the village for two hours before leaving, another resident, Masida Umar, said.