No less than eight persons were reportedly killed by Boko Haram terrorists who raided four villages in outskirts of Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.
National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) North-East coordinator, Bashir Garga, confirmed the attacks on Thursday.
But other reports say 15 person, not the eight stated by NEMA, were killed in the attacks. In Kofa, one of the villages the terrorists raided, Boko Haram reportedly burnt and imam and the members of his family to death.
“The attack occurred on Wednesday night at about 8.00 pm,” NEMA said in a statement.
“Kofa, Mallumti, Ngomari and Gozari villages which are close to Dalori internally displaces persons (IDP) camp were affected.
Photos: 8 killed as terrorists attack Borno villages
“Many villagers fled to the Dalori IDP camp for safety which led to an attack on the camp vicinity which claimed the lives of two IDPs making a total of eight people dead (six persons, according to NEMA, were killed before villagers fled into the camp).
“The terrorists gained access to the area through a bush path behind the villages and came in four vehicles and some motorcycles. They ransacked the market in front of the IDP camp.
“Villagers who ran into the bush for safety have returned back to their homes while the Borno State Fire Service have contained the inferno.
“The injured have been treated in the camp clinic while serious cases were evacuated to hospitals in Maiduguri.
“An assessment team is on site to provide relief assistance to those affected,” NEMA said.
The Nigerian Army had issued a statement on the attack stating that one civilian was found dead as soldiers repelled Boko Haram’s attack on Dalori IDP camp. The army’s statement bordered on the attack around Kofa and Dalori IDP camp.