Suspected Boko Haram members on Saturday invaded a village on the outskirts of Maiduguri, Borno State, and razed as much as 65 houses.
The attack forced many of the residents to flee the village to avoid being killed by the terrorists. However, some people were injured while a cripple was allegedly killed.
A statement by the North-East Zonal Coordinator of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Bashir Garga, on Sunday read, “Suspected insurgents attacked Bale Shuwa in Jere Local Government Area of Borno State around 7.30pm on Saturday. One disabled person was allegedly killed while 65 houses were burnt.”
Garga added that the gangsters carted 200 cows, 300 sheep and some goats away after the attack.
Meanwhile, the Nigerian Army said on Sunday two Boko Haram commanders were killed by soldiers during clearance operations in Borno.
The army on its Twitter handle named the Boko Haram commanders as Abu Rajal and Tuja Sa’inna Banki.
The army tweeted, “Recall that troops of 25 Task Force Brigade, Chibok and 28 Task Force Brigade, Damboa, embarked on joint clearance operations from Gumsuri to Gambori in Borno on November 9, 2018. They successfully cleared and liberated some villages.
“Reports just reaching the Nigerian Army Headquarters confirmed that two high profile Boko Haram terrorists’ commanders named Abu Rajal and Tuja Sa’inna Banki were killed during the clearance operations.
“The Chief of Army Staff, Lt General Tukur Buratai, commended the gallant troops and urged them to carry out further incursions and clearance operations to ensure that the remnants of the insurgents were completely wiped out.”