Among the casualties of the attack were women and children, while scores of fear-gripped locals fled into Chad on fishing boats and canoes. Not all who set out to flee the rampage got across the lake, as the unrelenting terrorists continued to shoot at them.
Most of the fleeing residents, according to a local Usman Danssubdu quoted by AFP, were “now seeking refuge in Gubuwa, Kangallam and Kaiga villages inside Chad near the border with Nigeria.”
The attackers were also said to have invaded the Multinational Joint Task Force base in Baga, a fishing community near Lake Chad. In a show of conquest, the terrorist were reported by residents to have hoisted their flag on the captured military base. Local sources told the AFP that that the soldiers, who were caught off-guard, duelled with insurgents for many hours, but eventually overpowered by them.
The insurgents were said to have invaded the town at ‘around 5am on Saturday’. Saturday’s attack by the intransigent terrorists followed a raid on a Borno community on Thursday, leading to the abduction of 40 youths.