Military and civil sources have confirmed to Blueprint that scores of people lost their lives while others sustained various degree of injuries Friday evening when gunmen suspected to be Boko Haram terrorists attacked Magumeri town in Magumeri local government area of Borno state located about 25 kilometers away from Maiduguri.
A local who is a resident of the town living near the market and close to the District Head Palace, Abur Zanna said, ” the Boko haram terrorists entered the town at exactly 5:40 pm in a large convoy of trucks and motorcycles shouting slogans like, ‘Allahu Akbar’ meaning, God is Great, moving round the town scaring the residents and making some residents to flee into bushes to hide or for safety as there are no villages close by”.
A resident of Magumeri, Baana Mustapha told our correspondent on phone that the attack lasted for about three hours, with the Boko haram insurgents moving freely in Magumeri town till about 9:15 pm without any encounter from the security operatives, particularly, the military”.
“The situation in Magumeri town now is confusing and worrisome nobody can tell you the number casualties of both the military and civilian s either killed or wounded”, Baana said.
However, Military sources have disclosed to our correspondent that the military troops later on in the morning on Saturday regrouped after the attack to fight back the Boko haram terrorists when they got reinforcement.