World Bulletin / News Desk
Scores of people were killed on Wednesday when suspected Boko Haram militants launched a river attack on Gurmushi village in the northeastern Borno state.
"They invaded Gurmushi with unconcealed intent to wipe us off the map," Saidu Bala, a local resident who survived the attack, told Anadolu Agency by phone.
"The casualties were definitely close to 100 because it was a terrible situation," he added.
Bala, a primary school teacher, said the attack lasted hours without anyone coming to the villagers' rescue.
"They came with all manners of weapons. They even challenged villagers to confront them if they could," he added.
"They burnt down our homes, and it was by God's mercy that a few of us escaped," said the school teacher.
A policeman who asked not to be named confirmed the attack.
"A colleague and I escaped. We escaped before they entered Gurmushi having heard the chants," he told AA.
"By afternoon, they had done so much harm. An injured relative told me 45 people have been buried but he told me the casualties could be higher," added the policeman.
Musadiq Aruwa, a resident of Maiduguri, the provincial capital of Borno state, confirmed the bloody attack.
"The insurgents came into the village and burnt it down while opening fire on people," he told AA, quoting a friend who had survived the attack.
"Casualties run into a hundred, if not more. It was a major calamity," Aruwa said.
Gurmushi, a district in Marte local council of restive Borno, is 129 kilometers away from Maiduguri.
The latest attack comes a day after insurgents killed 25 security agents in Buni Yadi town of Gujba local government area of neighboring Yobe State.
Boko Haram, which means "Western education is forbidden" in Nigeria's local Hausa language, first emerged in the early 2000s preaching against government misrule and corruption.
The group later became violent, however, after the death of its leader in 2009 while in police custody.
In the five years since, the shadowy sect has been blamed for numerous attacks – on places of worship and government institutions – and thousands of deaths.
5000 Cameroonian soldiers on border for Boko Haram
Around 5000 Cameroonian soldiers have been deployed to the country's border with Nigeria to battle Boko Haram militants.
"Boko Haram has acquired modern arms and this is why we are boosting our preparations at the level of personnel and equipment," Col. Didier Badjeck, the chief of the communication division at the Cameroonian Defense Ministry, told Anadolu Agency.
Badjeck declined to elaborate on the exact measures being taken by the army on the border with neighboring Nigeria.
"Boko Haram members also follow the media," he said. "This is why we cannot reveal our strategy."
AA correspondent had noticed a rise in the number of military personnel in Maroua, Cameroon's northernmost region on the border with Nigeria.
The troops deployment comes after Boko Haram, which is active in northern Nigeria, had stepped up attacks on the northern parts of Cameroon.
On May 16, the militant group kidnapped ten Chinese workers following an attack on an area in northern Cameroon.
The Chinese were working for a company that had recently won a bid for the upgrade of a main road in northern Cameroon.Last Mod: 29 Mayıs 2014, 10:03