At least 37 villagers were killed and scores of houses razed down when Boko Haram terrorists, Wednesday, staged yet another deadly attack on hapless communities in Damboa local government area of Borno state, witnesses and security sources have said.
The heavily armed terrorists who drove on trucks attacked six farming communities by shooting sporadically and throwing improvised petrol bombs on houses.
An operative of the Civilian-JTF, Ajim Ahmed, who said he witnessed it all, narrated that six villages comprising Koshifa, Matangale, Buraltuma, Darmanti, Almeri and Burmari villages all within Damboa local government were attacked that Wednesday night.
Mr. Ahmed said he had to join others to flee during the deadly attack, but returned the next day to find the smoking villages littered with human corpses.
“What we saw in the villages was really horrifying”, Mr. Ajimi told journalists on phone. “Unlike before that they would sometimes gather people before they begin to open fire on them, the terrorists this time around, announced their arrival with sporadic shootings and throwing of what looked like petrol bombs on houses, which led to many homes being burnt down”.
“Most of those that were attacked were older men and youth. While many whose homes were razed down got injured by fire or bullets. Many people are still missing but we believe that they will still come to Damboa or Biu town so that they can reunite with their families. I must say Boko haram has almost wiped out the attacked villages. ”
Damboa is 85km south of Maiduguri. It is also one of the Borno local government areas that share borders with the dreaded Sambisa forest which the Boko Haram says it still controls despite the Nigerian military’s claim of destroying their camps.