The death toll of Boko Haram Jihadists Attack on a Village in Adamawa State has increased to 30, residents disclosed today, noting that they have found nine bodies of their relatives.
21 people were reportedly killed in Kuda village of Adamawa State late on Monday afternoon after the jihadist attacked
They also packed into four trucks and accompanied by gunmen on motorbikes, firing as they came and leaving blood and destruction behind, Naija News reports.
When survivors returned on Tuesday to bury the dead left amid the smoking ruins of their homes, they counted 21 people killed.
Later, the villagers said they found the bodies of nine more people in the surrounding forest, murdered as they tried to escape.
“They were pursued and shot dead as they tried to flee into the bush,” resident Paul Waramulu told AFP today.
Two-thirds of homes in the village had been burnt and grain stores looted, he added.
“The total number of the recovered bodies is now 30,” said Simon Damina, a villager on the search team scouring the bush. “The toll may increase, as we are still searching for more bodies.”
Kuda is located in the Madagali district of Adamawa state, 285 kilometres (177 miles) north of the state capital Yola.
The attack is the latest in a long line of massacres carried out by Boko Haram in the area, who have hideouts in the dense forests nearby.
There was no immediate official response from the army or police.
The decade-long jihadist conflict has killed tens of thousands of people and forced millions from their homes.
The violence has spread to neighbouring Niger, Chad and Cameroon, prompting a regional military coalition against the jihadists.