Suspected Boko Haram terrorists attacked Ngurum village in Gulani Local Government Area of Yobe State, killing 20 people and destroying 250 houses.
An eyewitness, Alhaji Isa Ngurum, told Nigerian Pilot that the attack occurred at 7am on April 1.
According to him, well armed terrorists numbering about 50 moved into the village from a nearby mountain.
“Immediately I saw them I ran back to the village to alert the people of an impending attack,” adding that sequel to the information, many residents mostly youths had fled into nearby bushes before the terrorists arrived the village.
Besides, he explained that ‘‘women and children were not so lucky as they were caught by the terrorists. Though a few of the fleeing children were spared, all those who hid in their houses were set ablaze.’’
The operation was conducted in a commando style and lasted for about one and a half hours.
Those injured in the carnage were taken to Damaturu General Hospital for treatment.
Ngurum stated that all efforts to contact officials of Gulani Local Government for help failed, saying they had relocated to Damaturu, a distance of about 100 kilometers from the village.
As at the time of filing this report, the eyewitness noted that neither officials of the council nor the state government had visited the village.
Men of the Nigerian Army unit in Bara, headquarters of the local government and troops stationed in Buni Gari, arrived the scene to repel the terrorists.
It was learnt that in an effort to pursue the fleeing invaders, one of their Hilux trucks hit a land mine planted by the insurgents resulting in the death of a vigilante, while one of the soldiers suffered severe leg injuries.
Meanwhile, returnees now sleep in an open field since their houses were razed.
Nigerian Pilot gathered that in the last one year, the only accessible road from Damaturu through Biu, Buni Gari leading to Gulani was sealed off by military authorities due to Boko Haram’s activities.
At the moment, Ngurum village can only be accessed through a feeder road from Ngaldi in Fika Local Government Area and another feeder road from Dadin Kowa in Gombe State.
The Village Head, Alhaji Yerima Abba, had fled the community for over a year due to the fear of Boko Haram’s attack.

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