Boko Haram jihadists killed at least seven people in a Christmas Eve assault on a village in Borno, local sources told AFP Friday. The Department of State Services (DSS) had in recent days warned of an increased risk of attack during the Christian holiday.
Fighters in trucks and motorcycles stormed Pemi, a predominantly Christian village in Borno state Thursday, shooting “indiscriminately” and setting buildings on fire, said Abwaku Kabu, a militia leader.
In many parts of where jihadists and bandits attacks are rampant, communities have resorted for self-defence to armed vigilantes or militias, who work alongside the army.
“The terrorists killed seven people, burnt 10 homes and looted food supplies that were meant to be distributed to residents to celebrate Christmas,” Kabu said.
A body was found Friday morning, local community leader Ayuba Alamson said, raising the number of dead to seven. The toll could rise as villagers fled into the bush during the attack and some people are still unaccounted for. The assailants, who drove from the group’s nearby Sambisa forest enclave, looted medical supplies from a hospital before setting it ablaze, the militia leader said, adding they also burnt a church and abducted a priest.