Death toll in last Tuesday's Boko Haram attack on Beneshiek has risen
to 87. Following the gruesome attack by the terrorists, who disguised
in military uniforms, 23 persons were reported killed while several
others were declared missing.
An official of Borno State Environment Protection Agency, Mallam Saidu
Yakubu, however, confirmed yesterday that "87 bodies were recovered in
the bush and our people are still searching for more."
Saidu disclosed this to newsmen when he accompanied Governor Kashim
Shettima to the scene of the massacre.
Meanwhile, Islamist insurgents have rampaged through a town in Yobe
State with heavy weapons, setting public buildings on fire and killing
a soldier and the wife of a senior policeman, authorities said
The Wednesday attack was the latest carnage to hit the region, which
has seen an upsurge in violence in recent days.
Armed with Kalashnikovs, rocket launchers and homemade bombs, the
terrorists stormed Yadi Buni in Yobe State around 10:00p.m., leading
to a shootout with troops in which a soldier was killed, state Police
Commissioner Sanusi Rufa'i said.
They set fire to a makeshift police station, the fire service, a local
education office and the home of the divisional police head in the
town, whose wife was burnt to death, Rufa'i said.
He said: "Buni Yadi was attacked last night by Boko Haram insurgents.
A soldier was killed in a shootout and the wife of the Divisional
Police Officer was burnt to death in her home."
Telecom towers in the town were also burnt by the Islamists, the
police commissioner said.
It was the second time Buni Yadi was attacked by Boko Haram in as many months.
Scores of people have been left dead in recent days from military
raids or Boko Haram attacks.
The military claimed, Wednesday, that a strike on a Boko Haram camp in
the north-east last week left about 150 Islamists and 16 soldiers
dead, amid reports of dozens of troops killed.
On Tuesday night, suspected Boko Haram members dressed as soldiers set
up checkpoints in the Benishiek area, killing an unclear number of
people and burning some 50 buildings.