At least eight persons were reportedly killed yesterday in Maiduguri when gunmen suspected to be Boko Haram members, stormed a venue of a bachelor party and started shooting sporadically, witnesses told Reuters.
President Goodluck Jonathan had ordered an all-out offensive against the insurgents which forced them to retreat into a hilly area around the Cameroon border, from where they have since stepped up attacks on both soldiers and civilians.
“Three Boko Haram members came on motorcycles at about 11 yesterday night,” Abdul Usman told Reuters in the main northeastern city of Maiduguri, where he fled after escaping the attack on Tashan Alade village. “They were shooting indiscriminately”.
Security forces have also stepped up their manhunt of the terrorists in the past few days after Boko Haram fighters armed with grenade launchers and anti-aircraft guns attacked an army barracks in the town of Bama, about 65km away from Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.