A source of SaharaReporters reported that the insurgents arrived in three vehicles and motorcycles, shooting sporadically, burning houses and stealing an uncounted number of cattle and camels.
The insurgents accused the people of the town of spying on them and vowed to teach them a lesson.
The source also reported that over 70 bodies were collected after the attack.
He added that
The insurgents burnt around 250 homes and looted goods. They said the act was to punish residents whom they alleged were providing information on their movement to security agencies.saharareporters
“Therefore, freeing the zone with presence of civilian would provide them the ease of access to attack the military formation at Gubio and others without being noticed,saharareporters