No fewer than 20 people have been shot dead by suspected Boko Haram terrorists during a raid on a village in Borno state.
Vanguard reports that the large group of terrorists were fleeing a military offensive when they opened fire on the villagers, gunning down at least twenty people in the process.
Four cars were reportedly hit in Nganzai district, just outside Jingalta village, 70 kilometres (45 miles) north of Maiduguri, Babakura Kolo, a member of a local vigilante group informed.
The man who assists the military in fighting the Islamist sect explained: “We received information of an attack by Boko Haram gunmen on four cars near Jingalta village where they shot dead all 20 occupants of the vehicles before setting the cars ablaze.
“The gunmen were fleeing a military operation against one of their enclaves in the area around 9:30 am (0830GMT) when they came across the vehicles on the highway and opened fire on them.
“The gunmen, who were driving pick-up trucks and motorcycles, then looted and burnt the entire village whose residents had already fled following the attack.”
Another witness, Jibir Hassan, a commercial bus driver who got to the scene after the gunmen had fled, confirmed the incident.
“When we arrived at Jingalta village, we found it smouldering, with everything completely burnt and just outside the village we saw bodies sprawled by the roadside, 20 of them in all.
“Near the bodies were charred remains of four cars, still smouldering,” he informed.
This attack is coming following series of reassurances by the Nigerian troops and the president that the Military is winning the war against terrorism in the country.
Only yesterday, about 20 insurgents were caught by the Joint Task Force in Nyanya, a satellite town in the Federal Capital Territory.