At least seven people have been feared dead on Friday after Boko Haram insurgents attacked an internally displaced persons (IDPs) camp in Gamboru Ngala local government area of Borno state, northeast Nigeria, a militia member and local said on Saturday.
It is understood that the jihadists stormed the camp – near the border with Cameroon – in two Hilux trucks at about 11pm.
The attack on Friday evening in Ngala, came on a day two people were killed in an explosion outside another camp in Borno state capital, Maiduguri.
In Ngala, a civilian militia member, Umar Kachalla, said the jihadists in two pick-up trucks fired a rocket-propelled grenade at the camp, which houses some 80,000 people.
“They fired an RPG into the camp from behind the fire fence, killing seven people and injuring several others,” he told AFP, saying they let off a bout of sustained gunfire as they drove away into the night.
Speaking similarly to what Kachalla said, one Ngala resident Abubakar Yusuf, said:
“The casualties were relatively minimal because most people had retired for the night.”
The camp in Ngala was set up in January last year after the return of thousands of Nigerian refugees from Cameroon, where they had fled the fighting.
Boko Haram seized the trading hubs Ngala and neighbouring Gamboru in August 2014 when it took over a swathe of territory across Borno state and the wider northeast.
Nigerian troops retook both towns in September 2015 with the help of Chadian forces.