On Thursday night, alleged members of the dreaded Boko Haram terrorist group targeted Garkida town in Adamawa state’s Gombi local government area.
In the late afternoon, Boko Haram insurgents stormed the town along the main road, forcing residents to flee to the nearby mountains.
” I saw them moving into the town in five trucks and then heard sounds of gunshots and people running to the mountains,” said a fleeing resident.
After a similar assault in February, this is the second time this year that insurgents have attacked the historic city.
The insurgents were said to have launched the new attack Thursday night by entering Garkida in 13 Hilux jeeps via Gada Uku bridge.
A source said the insurgents had ransacked many of the town’s shops and disposed of food, but that security operatives had chased them out.
“They burnt down a vehicle while the Air Force Jets destroyed 3 of their jeeps before they moved out of the town, but it was almost six hours of sporadic gunshots before they left with foodstuffs,” the source said.
Another inside account said that in Garkida town, hunters and vigilantes had mobilized and held vigil all through Wednesday after an intelligence report suggested that the town might be targeted by Boko Haram.
The terrorists also attacked the village of Pemi in Borno State, killing seven people, burning ten houses, and stealing food supplies intended for distribution to residents to celebrate Christmas.