No fewer than 15 persons were feared killed after gunmen, suspected to be Boko Haram militants, attacked Kawuri town in the Konduga Local Government Area of Borno State on Sunday.
Some unconfirmed reports however said the casualty figure could be as high as 52.
Some survivors told newsmen in Maiduguri on Monday that the attack coincided with the weekly market of the town.
“The gunmen arrived the town using four wheel vehicles and pretended to be villagers coming to the market. Unknown to the people, the gunmen had planted Improvised Explosive Devices at strategic areas in the town before carrying out attacks on residents,” Malam Isa Ibrahim, a survivor, said.
He said the gunmen also set several houses and shops ablaze before fleeing.
Ibrahim said about 15 persons were found dead at the end of the attack.
Malam Fantara Madugu, another survivor, said he counted about 15 bodies at the end of the attack.
“We counted about 15 bodies of victims at the end of the attack. We also assisted in conveying about 20 injured persons to the hospital,” he said.
The Commissioner of Police in Borno State, Alhaji Lawan Tanko, confirmed the attack but declined to give details.
“Kawuri was attacked yesterday (Sunday) resulting in several deaths and injuries. Casualties are being counted. No exact figure yet,” he said in a text message to reporters.