Fresh attacks on a Borno town by members of the outlawed Boko Haram Sect on Saturday night are believed to have claimed the lives of dozens of people.
Some fleeing resident of Shani, in Southern Borno, said more than 30 armed insurgents on motorcycles stormed the town at about 8.00 pm on Saturday and started shooting at everything in sight..
Shani is about 260 kilometres from Maiduguri, the Borno state capital, and shares borders with some communities in Adamawa state, where the insurgents are also wrecking havoc.
One resident who had to abandon his wife and children and flee said that the terrorists shot indiscriminately and deliberately at people’s homes or set them on fire to force residents out so they could gun them down.
A number of public buildings, including the police station in the town, are also believed to have been razed by the insurgents.
.The Borno State police commissioner, Clement Adoda, confirmed the attack on the community in a telephone chat with newsmen in Maiduguri, and said many properties were destroyed.
However, the police commissioner said that no life was lost.
Shani has been hit by the Terrorist attacks in the past. Saturday’s offensive was the third since 2012 when insurrection worsened in the North east.
The town, a council headquarters, was heavily attacked by Boko Haram shortly before the 2011 general elections as the insurgents invaded the local office of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, killing some of its ad-hoc staff and destroying electoral materials.
The Shani Divisional Police Station also came under a heavy attack in mid June 2014, with no fewer than five policemen killed.