Following the killing of 37 insurgents in a Sunday face-off between members of the Boko Haram sect and residents of Attagara village, in Gwoza local government area of Borno State, the defeated side on Tuesday struck in a revenge attack.
In what looked like a well executed plan, members of the outlawed sect stormed the village in droves and set ablaze every building in sight.
The good new, however, is that no life was lost as the villagers had anticipated the move and abandoned their homes for safety in nearby towns and bushes.
The vengeance-seeking terrorists also extended their wrath to neighbouring Amuda and Ngoshe villages.
Recounting the experience, an escaped resident of Attagara said the apparently angry terrorists burnt down virtually every structure in the village.
No official confirmation could be gotten for this story as attempts to get the military and security authorities in the area to speak to the press proved abortive.