Nearly 40 individuals lost their lives in an attack believed to be orchestrated by suspected Boko Haram members in a remote community in northeastern Yobe State. Gunmen, thought to be insurgents, targeted Gurokayeya village, which is located in a volatile area with a significant Boko Haram presence in Geidam Local Government, Yobe State.
The attack occurred on Monday, with more than a dozen attackers opening fire on villagers, resulting in the tragic deaths of approximately 20 people. Additionally, numerous houses were set on fire during the attack.
The Yobe State Police Command’s spokesperson, Abdulkarim Dungus, confirmed the incident, stating that the attack took place around 11 p.m. on Monday. The community organised a burial ceremony for the victims of the attack on the outskirts of the village.
However, this sombre occasion turned tragic once more as the community was struck by another act of mourning when a vehicle carrying the bereaved community members accidentally triggered improvised explosive devices (IEDs) on their way back from the burial. Unfortunately, at least 17 more people lost their lives in this incident, and several others were injured.
There have been reports indicating that insurgents in the area have engaged in criminal activities, including extorting illegal levies from villagers in the vicinity.