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22 Killed In Boko Haram Attacks On Borno Villages
By Musdapha Ilo, Maiduguri
Twenty persons were killed on Thursday night by suspected Boko Haram gunmen in Dile, a village located in Askira/Uba local government area of Borno State, a security source has revealed.
The source said hundreds of suspected Boko Harammilitants believed to be fleeing from Nigerian troops on Thursday killed at least 20 people in the remote village.
According to him, “The insurgents stormed Dile village at 2 a.m. in several vehicles, burning houses and killing anybody insight.”
A resident, Ibrahim Yunus who fled to Mubi, confirmed to our correspondent on phone that 20 persons were killed in the village and many others sustained injuries during the attack.
“Dozens of Boko Haram fighters attacked our village at about 2 a.m. and killed 20 people. Many of us fled to the bush to avoid being killed. Everybody was running for his life. We don’t know the whereabouts of our family members,” he said.
In a related development, two persons were killed while three others sustained injuries during a suspected Boko Haram invasion of Buratai village in Biu local government area of Borno State.
The insurgents invaded the village on Thursday night.
A resident disclosed that “the insurgents who came at about 8:00pm opened fire on anybody they sighted, killing two persons and injuring three others who are currently receiving medical attention at the Biu General Hospital.
An associate of the Borno State commissioner of Education, Isa Audu Buratai, who is a native of the village confirmed the incident.
“As I am speaking to you we are right now in the hospital where we saw the corpses of the 2 people killed and also sympathized with the three others that were injured. The government has sympathized with the victims and promised to settle all their medical bills,” he said.
It could be recalled that on March 27, on the eve of the presidential elections, terrorists attacked the village killing 24 persons while 30 other were injured.