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Gamboru (or Gamburu) is a market town in Borno State, northeast Nigeria, near the Cameroon border.[1][2]

A 2013 IRIN report indicated that pharmacies in Gamboru Ngala were subject to attack by Boko Haram, and that the prices of medicines had "gone up by at least a third" as a result.[3]

The Boko Haram attack on Gamboru on May 5–6, 2014, and its twin town of Ngala killed at least 300 people.[4] Some residents reported that they planned to move to Cameroon in the wake of the attacks,[5] and a Nigerian Army source indicated that corruption was hampering efforts to defend local residents.[6][7]

On May 9, 2014, it was reported that the bridge linking Gamboru to the rest of Nigeria, and also linking "the immigration checkpoints of both Cameroon and Nigeria," had been destroyed.[8][9]

Hundreds of heavy duty trucks plying the Chad-Nigeria highway along Gamboru-Ngala Local Government conveying commodities from the two countries are now left stranded on either sides of the bridge.[10]

On May 11, 2014, it was reported that Borno State Governor Kashim Shettima had visited the town to view the destruction and offer condolences, and "promised to rebuild the Gamboru Ngala central market."[11] Local government chairman Bakura Mustapha indicated that over 200 vehicles, and "hundreds of shops and houses" had been burned.[11]

On May 13, 2014, the House of Representatives noted that this was the third attack on Gamboru by Boko Haram, and "called on the Federal Government to rebuild the Gamboru Bridge linking the border town with other parts of Borno State. It also called for increased military presence around Gamboru Ngala."[12]


  1. ^ "Islamist attack kills 125 in northeast Nigeria". The Irish Times. 8 May 2014. Retrieved 8 May 2014. 
  2. ^ "Death toll from Islamist attack on Nigerian market town hits 125". Reuters. 7 May 2014. Retrieved 8 May 2014. 
  3. ^ "Violence grinds healthcare to a halt in Nigeria's Borno State". IRIN Africa. 2014-02-05. Retrieved 2014-06-30. 
  4. ^ "Boko Haram Attack Kills Hundreds In Border Town". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 7 May 2014. 
  5. ^ "EXPOSED: What Gamboru Residents Plan On Doing Over Repeated Boko Haram Attacks(READ)". OSUN DEFENDER. 2014-05-12. Retrieved 2014-06-30. 
  6. ^ Ahmed, Ibrahim (2014-05-30). "VOA EXCLUSIVE: Nigerian Officer Says Corruption Hampers Fight Against Boko Haram". Voice of America. Retrieved 2014-06-30. 
  7. ^ "The Nigerian soldiers told not to repel militants in Gamboru attack". About Nigeria. Retrieved 2014-06-30. 
  8. ^ Michel Olugbode (2014-05-09). "Nigeria: Insurgents Blow Up Bridge Between Nigeria and Cameroun". This Day - Retrieved 2014-06-30. 
  9. ^ Kayode Idowu (2014-05-09). "30 killed as B’Haram bombs Nigeria-Cameroon bridge". Punch. Retrieved 2014-06-30. 
  10. ^ "Agrigum International News". 2014-06. Retrieved 2014-06-30. 
  11. ^ a b Maina Maina (2014-05-11). "Boko Haram: Shettima condoles Gamboru people, promises to rebuild burnt market". DailyPost Nigeria. Retrieved 2014-06-30. 
  12. ^ Nyam, Philip (2014-05-14). "Reps want FG to repair Gamboru Bridge". New Telegraph. Retrieved 2014-06-30. 

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