Death Toll Reaches 143 In Boko Haram Attack In Borno
Mr Abdulazeez Kolomi told the Associated Press that environmental workers also found some beheaded corpses among victims of a Tuesday night attack on a major highway and Benisheik village in Borno state.
The extremists disguised in military fatigues, attacked in 20 pickup trucks firing anti-aircraft guns that overwhelmed security operatives using automatic rifles and rocket-propelled grenades.
The attack by the Islamic terror group Boko Haram, claimed lives of several residents of Benisheik town and travellers along the busy Damaturu-Maiduguri highway, in what is seen as a reprisal attack, ten days after the residents of Benisheik town clashed with the suspected sect members.
According to witnesses, the dreaded sect members stormed the town between the hours of 6:00 and 7:00 in the evening and overpowered the security agents in the town before killing scores of residents and travellers in a shootout that lasted throughout the night.
Several travellers plying the busy Damaturu-Maiduguri highway as at that time could not proceed on their trips for hours, while the sect members killed scores of people during the attack.