Kano - Boko Haram Islamists shot dead at least
nine people and set homes on fire in a raid on two
villages in conflict-hit northeastern Nigeria, fleeing
residents told AFP on Thursday.
Villagers described how dozens of gunmen on
motorbikes stormed Tadagara and Dunbulwa
villages, 170 kilometres (100 miles) from Yobe state
capital Damaturu, from Wednesday night through to
the following morning.
All nine victims were gunned down with assault
rifles as the jihadis attacked Tadagara around 10:30
pm (2130GMT), looting thatch-roofed mud homes
and shops before setting them ablaze, according to
"Boko Haram gunmen came on motorcycles and
opened fire on the village after we had retired for
the night and killed nine residents," Tadagara
villager Shuaibu Nuhu told AFP.
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"We fled into the bush from where we saw fire
erupting from our homes as the gunmen set them
alight after looting them."
Residents said the Islamists stayed until dawn,
sheltering from heavy rain before moving to nearby
The inhabitants there had been warned of the
danger by escaped Tadagara residents however
and had fled by the time the gunmen arrived.
"We luckily left the village as soon as we heard
Boko Haram gunmen were on the attack in
Tadagara which was why they found the village
empty," said Dunbulwa resident Sani Mai-Masara.
"They carted away food and jerry cans of fuel. They
then set fire to our homes."
The attacks forced hundreds of villagers to flee to
the town of Potiskum, 70 kilometres away,
according to residents there.