Gunmen suspected to be fighters of the notorious Boko Haram sect have killed no less than three persons in a community in southern part of Borno State, local security sources in the area said.
The militants, it was learnt, besieged Yaza-Kumaza village at about 4 p.m. Sunday, February 19, 2017.
A vigilante operative in the area, Michael Emmanuel, told Premium Times that many villagers, who had fled into nearby bushes as at the time the attackers opened fire, had not returned home by 10p.m.
“A Boko Haram group entered Yaza-Kumaza which is very close to Lassa town and killed three people”, he said.
“Many people have escaped into the bush and up till now it is only few people that have return to the attacked village after the Boko Haram gunmen had left.”
It is understood that the assailants looted most of the houses in the community before departing.
In recent weeks, militants of the ferocious Islamic death cult have launched multiple isolated attacks on villages in that part of Borno State, despite military presence in the area.
Also in confirmation, a senior member of the Vigilante Group of Nigeria, Muhammed Abbas Gava, said “we have also received the same report from our colleagues in Askira Uba”.
The spokespersons of the state police and military are yet to confirm the attack.