Not less than 65 persons were reported slaughtered as the Nigerian troops engaged militants suspected to be members of Boko Haram sect in a fierce gun battle in Saturday night’s attack on Dalori, a village bordering Maiduguri, the capital of Borno State.
The battle which lasted for hours on Saturday, January 30, left scores of charred corpses and bodies with bullet wounds littering Dalori village, which is about 5 kilometers from Maiduguri, the birthplace of Boko Haram and the biggest city in the northeast, according to survivors and soldiers.
A survivor hidden in a tree says he watched Boko Haram extremists firebomb huts and heard the screams of children among people burned to death in the attack, AP reports.
It was learnt that the insurgents attacked Dalori and Walori villages, around 7pm on Saturday night.
It was gathered that the Boko Haram insurgents, who usually mounted surprise attacks at that hour of the day had studied the movement of the military, as they came in Hilux vans and motorcycles, dressed in army camouflages and then operating unhindered, setting ablaze houses in the village.
The military confirmed the attack on Dalori village but were silent on the number of casualties.
However, a member of the youth vigilance group in the village, who pleaded anonymity, on Sunday, disclosed that not less than 65 persons were killed with over 100 others injured in the attack.
Boko Haram has taken to attacking soft targets, increasingly with suicide bombers, since the military last year drove them out of towns and villages in northeastern Nigeria.
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