At least 30 people have been killed in a bomb explosion that struck a village in Nigeria’s northeastern Borno State near the border with Cameroon, local sources say.
According to reports by local media, suspected Boko Haram members carried out the bomb attack on a bridge linking Nigeria to Cameroon on the outskirts of the village of Gamboru Ngala in the Borno State on Thursday evening.
“I believe some people are still trapped in some debris,” a Gamboru Ngala resident told Nigeria’s Punch newspaper.
On May 7, Nigerian officials said Boko Haram members had attacked Gamboru Ngala and killed hundreds of people in the village after they surrounded and sprayed the area with automatic gunfire.
Citing information provided by locals, Ahmed Zanna, a senator from the village, said that at least 300 people had been killed in the attack.
The new act of violence comes as a rescue operation is underway in the African country to find over 270 schoolgirls recently abducted by Boko Haram group.
In April, Boko Haram abducted 276 girls from a secondary school in the town of Chibok in Borno State. Witnesses say the assailants arrived at the school on motorcycles and trucks. The group has threatened to “sell” the kidnapped girls.
Boko Haram has claimed responsibility for a number of deadly gun and bomb attacks in various parts of Nigeria since 2009.
Several regions of Nigeria have been hit by deadly violence in recent years. Over the past four years, violence in the north of Africa’s most populous country has claimed the lives of 3,600 people, including killings by the security forces.