About 26 residents of two villages in Borno State were yesterday killed as a gang of horse-riding Boko Haram terrorists attacked the communities in Damboa local government area of the state on Tuesday evening, witnesses said.
A fleeing resident of Kolori village, Ali Abdulqasim, informed journalists in Maiduguri that the attackers came on horses at about 6pm on Tuesday to attack the village.
He said, “We didn’t get to hear the notice that they were coming because they rode on horses. Horses are commonly used during the rainy season because they can be used to traverse the marshy terrain.
“They killed more than a dozen in Kolori when they came to attack using horses”, Abdulqasim, a farmer who also volunteers in the local community security group, said.
“I ran and hid atop a Mango tree outside our village, from where I watched secretly how they chased the scampering villagers and shot at them. I spent the whole night on top of the tree. In the morning, we saw many corpses. I counted almost a dozen, mostly aged persons and children. We all decided to leave the village as it is no longer safe. We also received information that a neighbouring village, Baana-imam was also attacked shortly after the attackers left our village, and about eight persons were said to have been killed there.”
Spokesman of the Vigilante Group of Nigeria in Maiduguri, Abbas Gava, confirmed the incidents to our reporter in a telephone interview.