Boko Haram insurgents in separate attacks have killed 37 people in six different Borno villages.
This revelation was made to newsmen on Thursday, June 11, 2015 by a youth vigilante in Maiduguri, Borno State. The vigilante revealed that the insurgents came in a convoy of SUVs to the villages namely, Koshifa, Buraltuma, Darmanti, Matangle, Almeri and Burmari, in Damboa Local Government Area on Wednesday, June 10, 2015.
According to him, the insurgents started shooting sporadically on the villagers and burning down houses. COnfirming the incident, another top member of a Biu vigilante group who spoke on the bases of anonymity said that some of the villagers fled from the villages to Biu during the attack, since its close by, and narrated their terrifying experiences.
He pointed out that most of the escapees were women who said the insurgents killed their husbands and burnt their houses down. The women, he said, flee out of the fear that the insurgents would return and finish off the villages.
He said, “At least, 37 persons were killed in coordinated attacks on the six villages and they were mostly men and youths and their homes razed down completely.
“The women said many people were still missing but they believed that they will still come to Damboa or Biu town so that they can reunite with their families. I must say Boko Haram has almost wiped out everybody. ‘’
A police officer who also choose to remain anonymous said that the attacks had truly happened but that he could not state the exact number of victims. He said; “We are aware of yesterday’s (Wednesday’s) raids on the villages in Damboa Local Government, many of them were killed and some weapons were recovered by the troops.’’