The insurgents arrived the town in several gun trucks at around 5 pm and launched the attack that lasted for several hours, shooting indiscriminately and burning buildings while residents fled to the mountains for safety.
Residents, who spoke to our reporter, said five corpses had so far been found while families were still searching for missing members.
A community member, Andrawus Tarfa, said at least four civilians died in the Thursday attack while three others were taken away and dozens of equipment belonging to a construction firm had been burnt by the insurgents.
“We have returned to our homes this morning after spending the night in the mountains. So far, we have found five corpses and we know of three men they took away,” said a resident who wanted to be anonymous.
“The insurgents burnt some houses as well as 19 vehicles belonging to a construction firm, Triacta.”
A security officer told our reporter that a policeman, who was in Garkida to visit his family, was among the six people killed by the insurgents.