Scores of persons have been feared dead on Thursday in a fresh attack by Boko Haram Islamists in Ghumbili community in the Madagali Local Government Area of Adamawa.
The attack is coming barely a few days after a similar incident occured in a neighbouring village in the Local Government, known as Mildu, where seven people were killed by the insurgents.
Speaking on the recent attack with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), the Chairman of Madagali Local Government Council, Yusuf Muhammed, said it lasted from 11 p.m. on Wednesday to 3 a.m. on Thursday.
He said that the jihadists burnt no fewer than 60 houses and looted foodstuff.
“They looted foodstuff, killed livestock and burnt the village completely,” he stated.
Mr. Muhammed said that the exact number of dead and injured people had yet to be ascertained and that villagers who escaped the attack were currently taking refuge at Gulak, the headquarters of the council.
On his own part, the Spokesman of the Police Command in Adamawa, Othman Abubakar, who also confirmed the attack, said no life was lost.
He said, however, that houses were destroyed in the attack–the latest in a string of deadly blows on mainly soft targets in Nigeria’s troubled northeast.
Speaking on the development, the Executive Chairman of the Adamawa State Emergency Management Agency, Haruna Furo, said only one person was killed and that many houses were destroyed.
In recent times, fighters of the dreaded Islamic cult have raised the level of onslaught in its eight-year bloody insurgency that has claimed thousands of lives.