Barely 24 hours after gunmen suspected to be members of the Boko Haram sect killed over 43 students in Yobe State, the dreaded insurgents Thursday killed no fewer than 37 persons in three separate attacks in Adamawa State.
Chairman of the Madagali local government Area of Adamawa state, Maina Ularamu confirmed the sad incident. He said, “a large number of militants carried out three separate attacks on Shuwa and Kirchinga in my local government area and on Michika in neighbouring Michika (district)”.
“The gunmen divided themselves into three groups and separately attacked the three locations,” he told AFP.
It was gathered that in Shuwa, several buildings were razed, including a Christian theological college and a section of a secondary school.
A local resident, Kwaje Bitrus, told newsmen that three bodies were recovered from the seminary and a total of 20 were killed in and around the village.
In Kirchinga, a resident who gave his name as Samuel Garba said the gunmen were all dressed in military uniform.
“The gunmen killed eight people in our village and burnt many houses,” he added.
“Four people have so far been confirmed dead in Michika,” another Abdul Kassim, a resident of the area said.
In a statement, the military confirmed the attacks on multiple communities in the state, but said that only one soldier and three civilians were killed. Troops repelling the raids also killed six suspected Islamists, according to the statement.
The military further claimed that the militants, “in desperation for money and food, looted and burnt banks (and) shops”, and were trying to escape across the Cameroon border.