World Bulletin / News Desk
At least 50 charred bodies have been discovered in Gamboru Ngala, a settlement on the Nigeria-Cameroon border some 200km from Maiduguri, provincial capital of the restive Borno State, days after suspected Boko Haram rebels invaded the town and killed over 200 people.
"People were going to the Gamboru main market for the first time since the attack; what we found was scary," local resident Hassan al-Khaeru told Anadolu Agency by phone from Maiduguri.
"No fewer than 50 charred bodies, many of them burnt beyond recognition, were found in different locked shops," he said.
Al-Khaeru said the victims appeared to have locked themselves in their shops in the market in an effort to escape from the invading rebels.
"But apparently the terrorists threw explosives and petrol bombs at the shops and that led to these deaths," he added.
He went on to note that victims included non-Nigerians who had come to trade their wares at the popular market, which is frequented by Cameroonian, Chadian and Nigerian nationals.
Gamboru is a boisterous border town between Nigeria and Cameroon.
A rescue worker confirmed the incident.
"Over 50 burnt bodies were recovered on Wednesday in Gamboru market," he told AA, requesting anonymity as he is not authorized to speak to the media.
He said Gamboru was a big town, adding: "An attack on such a place means heavy casualties."
Senator Ahmed Zannah confirmed the massacre to AA on Wednesday, saying that between 200 and 300 people had been killed.
AA's attempts to speak with defense spokesman Chris Olukolade for comment were unsuccessful.
Rebels bomb Nigeria-Cameroon bridge; 30 feared dead
Suspected Boko Haram rebels on Thursday bombed a small bridge linking Nigeria to Cameroon, with eyewitnesses saying at least 30 people have died from the explosion.
" No less than 30 people died in the explosion. The place is now deserted," local resident Kadiri Omar from Gamboru in Borno State told Anadolu Agency. "The bridge is just on the outskirt of Gamboru Ngala town where hundreds were killed on Monday night," he added.
"That is the bridge that links the immigration check post of both countries," he added.
Gamboru Ngala, a Nigeria-Cameroon border settlement that is 200kms from Maiduguri, the provincial capital of the restive Borno State, came under attack earlier this week by suspected Boko Haram rebels, who allegedly killed over 200 people in the assault.
A military source at the border confirmed the bombing of the bridge.
"They bombed the bridge late this afternoon. I understand that many people have died, some saying up to 30. Soldiers are now in the area," the source told AA on the condition of anonymity.
Nigerian Defense spokesman Chris Olukolade did not reply to the text messages AA reporter sent him for comment on the reported incident.
The attacks come as Nigerian forces are still trying to trace scores of schoolgirls abducted last month by the Boko Haram rebel group from the Government Girls Secondary School in Borno's Chibok area last month.
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.Last Mod: 09 Mayıs 2014, 10:13