Around 70 people died in an attack carried out by suspected Boko Haram militia officers in Borno state in northeastern Nigeria on Tuesday, the local press reported on Wednesday.
The attack took place in Faduma Koloram in the local government area of Gubio, leaving 70 dead, according to Sahara Reporters, and 69 dead according to the Daily Post. At the moment there is no official confirmation of the facts.
A source of security has told Sahara Reporters that the attackers arrived in three vehicles and motorcycles, shot sporadically, burned houses, and stole cattle and camels. Militiamen accused the residents of spying on them and promised to teach them a lesson, the source said.
“The insurgents burned and looted around 250 houses. They said it was a punishment from residents who allegedly offered security forces information about their movements,” he said. “Therefore, the release of the area from the presence of civilians will facilitate access to the attack on the military position in Gubio and others without being detected,” he said.