Scores of persons were reported to have sustained various degrees of injuries while on queue to cast their votes in Borno State.
The incident took place on Saturday behind Gwoza Hills, when a group of Boko Haram terrorists opened several shots targeting voters on queue behind the Mandara Mountains in Gwoza.
Gwoza, which is located about 135 kms away from, the state capital, Maiduguri, is in the Southern part of Borno Senatorial District and a former stronghold of Boko Haram insurgents.
Security sources said that attackers suspected to be from the camp of Ali Ngulde, of the Jamā’at Ahl as-Sunnah lid-Da’wah wa’l-Jihād, Boko Haram faction, carried out the attack as the voters were about to start voting and in the process, injured five persons comprising two women and three males.
Another security source said the attack disrupted voting process for some hours as the electorate scampered for safety with many getting injured in the process.
The sources further explained that the attack was repelled by the troops of the Nigerian Army, who responded swiftly and chased the terrorists to the mountain.
It was gathered that normalcy has been restored as people have continued their voting exercise, and calm has also returned to the area.
Meanwhile, the Borno State Commissioner of Police, Abdu Umar, has confirmed the incident to newsmen, saying that the attack affected five people, who sustained injuries and were rushed to the nearest health center for medical attention. (National Accord)