According to the information provided by The Punch, Boko Haram terrorists killed 37 people in separate attacks on six villages in Borno state on Thursday. A youth vigilante told journalists that the group drove in a convoy of sport utility vehicles to Koshifa, Matangale, Buraltuma, Dirmanti, Almeri and Burmari villages – all in Damboa local government area of Borno state.
He said that the insurgents opened fire indiscriminately on the villagers and burnt down houses.
The source states that a top member of the youth vigilante group in Biu said some of the villagers who fled from the villages under attack told of their horrible experiences to vigilantes in Biu.
He added that those that escaped were mostly women, who said the insurgents killed their husbands and burnt down their houses.
According to him: “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 confirmed the attacks but could not state the exact number of victims.
On Thursday he told to The Punch in Maiduguri: “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.’’
PM News reports that Boko Haram gunmen killed at least 43 people and burnt down three villages (Matangale, Buraltima and Dirmanti) in northeast Nigeria.
Resident Dala Tungushe said: “They came around 4:00 pm (1500 GMT) on 20 motorcycles, three gunmen on each, and attacked Matangale before proceeding to Buraltima and Dirmanti. They killed 43 people and burnt all the houses in the three villages after looting food supplies”.
Another resident Bulama Karuye stated: “In all, we lost 43 people in the attacks. All the three villages were completely burnt.”
He noted the number of casualties could have been much higher had some of the villagers not been away at a weekly market around 40 kilometres away.
“The soldiers and the hunters brought back a pickup truck and some motorcycles they recovered from the Boko Haram attackers… but we don’t know how many of the gunmen they killed,” Tungushe said.