Suspected Boko Haram sect have invaded two villages in Borno, killing at least five people and carting away food items as well as livestocks.
Residents said some armed men believed to be Boko Haram stormed Tohya and Wurojene villages near Chibok, where over 200 schoolgirls were abducted almost two months ago. The attackers opened fire on the villagers as soon as they arrived at about 7pm on Monday, killing at least five people, a resident of Chibok who did not want his name mentioned in print told our Correspondent on phone..
“The attackers fired at the people and many residents fled into the bush. There was confusion everywhere as the attackers set fire on houses. They continue the attack for about two hours. They carted away foodstuffs, bags of grains and chicken belonging to our poor people,” he said.
The villages are about 14 kilometres away from Chibok, south of Borno which has in recent time witness many attacks including kidnapping by Boko Haram insurgents.
Our Correspondent gathered that residents of Tohya and Wurojene are predominantly farmers who rely on their farm products for feeding and economic survival. “Most of them slept in the bush throughout the night and the insurgents left after the killing and destruction without any resistance from the military troops around the area,” another resident Mr. James Pona claimed.
A security source said based on reports from the residents of the two communities, the insurgents were “very armed though not as many as they usually move in previous attacks,” adding that the troops around the area did not get alert in time.