Suspected Boko Haram militants have killed dozens following a raid in the town of Shani, in Nigeria’s northeast Borno state.
Militants, believed to have been members of the Boko Haram terrorist group, have raided a town in the northeastern state of Borno, in Nigeria. The attackers reportedly rode into town on motorcycles and threw explosive devices at buildings and people.
Dozens are suspected to have died in the attack in Shani town. The raid occurred after nightfall on Saturday, with residents describing a scene of mass chaos, with scores of people dead. Police have said they are unable to confirm a death toll currently, as communications with the town have been mostly disabled.
“They rode on motorcycles and were more than 30 men. They started throwing bombs into houses…then the Boko Haram fired shots at people fleeing,” resident Ishaya Brimah told Reuters by phone from a nearby village on Sunday.
“They set ablaze the police station, houses and a telecom mast…I saw people fleeing, some bodies on the ground.”
Shani town is located within Nigeria’s Borno State, the northeast province of the country that has been the heart of Boko Haram’s five year insurgency. Seeking to revive an Islamic caliphate in the country’s north, the Islamist group’s actions have displaced an estimated one million people.
The group is believed to have been behind the bombing of a mosque in the city of Kano, on Friday, which left over 100 people dead.