Many people were killed where in Suspected members of the Boko Haram sect invaded Garkida, a town in Gombi local government area of Adamawa state,
According résidents who witnessed the attack, the insurgents broke into the town around 7pm on Friday, shooting sporadically.
A source said that the Soldiers who tried to repel the attack were overpowered and thus withdrew and called for reinforcement.
Following withdrawal of the troops, the insurgents gained unfettered access to the town and had field day wrecking havoc and unleashing terror on the residents — setting many houses on fire and killing many.
“Garkida is currently on fire… many people have been killed and their houses covered with smoke,” he said.
Having conquered and left footprint of dévastation in Garkida, the insurgents advanced to neighboring towns.
Another source corroborated his account but said the security operatives have returned to the town.
TheCable also quoted another source to have said the insurgents hoisted their flag in the town.
“People ran to hide inside the mountains while they watched their houses being burnt by the insurgents,” another resident said.
A former chairman of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) in Adamawa, who is a native of Garkida, said he got the information that Boko Haram fighters overpowered soldiers in the town.
Sagir Musa, army spokesman, could not be reached for comments on the attack which happened hours after Tukur Buratai, chief of army staff, wrote a letter to the troops, expressing confidence in their ability to end the war against Boko Haram.