The death toll from the Boko Haram attacks in Borno and Adamawa villages has risen to 138. The casualties from residents in Kawuri village in Borno State has risen to 83 while that of the attack on a church in Chakawa village in Madagali local government area of Adamawa State has also risen to 53.
The development came as residents of Kawuri village have informed Borno State governor, Kashim Shettima, that they had so far buried 83 bodies and were still counting.
Governor Shettima was in Kawuri village yesterday to commiserate with the people of the area following the deadly attack.
Shettima, drenched in emotional outburst, condemned the attack, saying “those who did this are never godly people; they are evil and blood-thirsty fellows”.
According to him, “Islam has never in any of its holy books sanctioned the killing of fellow beings; how can people who burn churches, mosques, kill innocent people including their own parents be called Jihadists?”
Shettima who took time to go round the badly ravaged town for about three hours had a brief meeting with the villagers and assured them of government support and compensation to help them.
According to the councillor of Kawuri village, Dala Lawan, as well as the council secretary of Konduga, Ali Kaka Yale, the total number of deaths has increased to 85, while the injured who are still in hospitals are 46 in total.
“We are still searching and have been burying corpses since yesterday; the first burial was 53 but more corpses are still being picked in the bushes and some with serious injuries also died. We have just found two more corpses, which brings the death toll to 85 for now.”
LEADERSHIP saw women, children, old and young men with burnt skins screaming in pains on hospital beds in Konduga town, about 10km away from Kawuri village.
A mother, Rabi Mallam, 46, who has a second degree burn, said she and her son and granddaughter were hiding inside the room when the gunmen set their home on fire.
A newly married couple who said they lost everything were amongst the villagers leaving Kawuri at the time LEADERSHIP reporter visited the village alongside the state governor.