No fewer than 13 villagers were killed by suspected Boko Haram members in Malari Village in Konduga Local Government of Borno State.
The village which is located along Bama road came under attack in the early hours of Sunday by members of the Boko Haram according to eyewitness.
The gunmen in convoy of about 11 Toyota Hilux vehicles and motorcycles laden with explosives and petrol-bombs invaded the village killing 13 people. They also burnt several houses and set ablaze many shops and kiosks in the early hours of Sunday, according to one Shettima Bulama who escaped to maiduguri.
“Yesterday’s attack on our village was terrifying and shocking. We are surprised how they were able to overcome the soldiers patrolling this road on an hourly basis without being killed by these insurgents.
It was devastating because many of my neighbors had to flee into nearby bushes and farmlands, before escaping to Maiduguri. Many people were killed and houses burnt with shops,” he explained.
He hinted that the insurgents attacked the village, because of the alleged information being given to soldiers and police by the villagers on their operations and their hideout in the forest.
He said no religion condones the killing of innocent people; stating that the insurgents are after the continuous perpetration of terrorists activities in Borno state.
Security sources have also confirmed the incident but there is no confirmation of the casualty figure.