Thousands flee Borno communities after fresh Boko Haram attacks
Thousands of civilians are fleeing Borno central communities following fresh attacks in the area by Boko Haram where four people were killed.
A group of Boko Haram insurgents, numbering about 30 raided Malari and Mairi Mai Umar Villages along Konduga-Bame Road, some 11 kilometres from Maiduguri, killing no fewer than four people.
'Three elderly women were burnt alive and a Koranic boy studying was shot dead,' eyewitness Umar Goni, a local perfume seller told Sunday Sun at Mairi Mai Umar village yesterday.
He said the insurgents came by foot with 'almost all of them carrying guns,' shooting into the village. 'They came at about 8.30pm and the attack continued till about 10pm. They set fire on houses and burnt three elderly women who were sleeping inside their houses,' Goni further explained.
Senator representing Borno Central in the Senate, Kaka Garbai confirmed that four people were killed, regretting that the insurgents visited terror on the people. He said already the communities in the area have been deserted as residents feared the insurgents could launch more attacks in the area.
'You can see the place is a ghost town now. Even people in neighbouring communities are migrating to Maiduguri because they are afraid the insurgents are close by, not far away and may attack them too,' he said.
Many people were seen with their luggage fleeing the area. Some angry women asked the reporter to tell the authority to protect them, saying they have suffered enough. 'Enough of this, we don't want your food or relief materials, just tell the government to protect us, this is all we need,' she shouted as she struggled with her two children and her luggage, trekking to the capital city yesterday noon.
The attack came barely a week after Dalori, some three kilometres away was attack and 85 people were killed and nearly 100 people injured. – The Sun.