The pocket of attacks by suspected Boko Haram militants came to the fore again yesterday as military sources disclosed that at least 12 persons were killed in Borno State following an attack on a village in Damboa area.
Damboa is about 85 kilometres south of Maiduguri, the state capital and shares border with the famous Sambisa Games Reserves believed to be the biggest stronghold of Boko Haram in the state.
The suspected insurgents were said to have attacked Sandiya village in Damboa Local Government last Wednesday, killing at least 12 people. They also set ablaze some houses, but information did not get out on time to journalists in Maiduguri until yesterday.
Sources claimed the attackers were on a vengeance mission having learnt that their movements around the Sambisa Forest were exposed to security agencies by the locals.
Police sources said some residents while narrating their ordeal disclosed that the insurgents numbering about 30, came in three Hilux vehicles and some motorcycles and were chanting Allahu Akbar (God is Great), as they shot sporadically into peoples’ homes, killing 12 of the villagers while scores sustained various degree of injuries.
Borno State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Tanko Lawal, who confirmed the incident in an email message, said “the hoodlums invaded the community and killed 12 people, burnt houses, stole vehicles/ motorcycles”, although, he did not specify if the attack was carried out by Boko Haram.