Tragedy occurred yesterday as 150 residents of Kukuwa-Gari in Yobe State, who were fleeing attacks by Boko Haram insurgents, drowned in a river and with others killed by the terrorists.
The gunmen raided the village yesterday, which Agence France Presse, AFP, which broke the story, said is located in a remote part of the state.
AFP quoted a resident, Modu Balumi, as saying: “They opened fire instantly, which forced residents to flee. They shot a number of people. Unfortunately, many residents who tried to flee plunged into the river which is full from the rain. Many drowned.
“By our latest toll, we have 150 people either (shot dead) or drowned in the attack. The gunmen deliberately killed a fisherman who tried to save drowning residents of the village,” he said.
Balumi said the bodies of many of the drowned were brought out of the river by other villagers several kilometres away from the scene of the incident.
Another resident, Bukar Tijjani said that, “most residents, particularly women and children, ran towards the river in confusion. They were pursued by the gunmen who kept firing at them. In the frantic effort to escape, they jumped into the river, which was full to the brim.”
But an unnamed local government official who confirmed the attack, put the casualty level at 50.
The village was still reeling from a raid by suspected Boko Haram militants on July 31 when at least 10 people were killed by gunmen who burned homes, food silos and livestock.
‎The Gujba area of the state, where Kukuwa-Gari village is located, has been hit hard by Boko Haram violence in the past but had seen relative calm since troops reclaimed it in March.

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