(FILES) This file photo taken on February 06, 2016 at Mairi village outskirts of Maiduguri capital of northeast Borno State, shows young girls fleeing from Boko Haram Islamists walking past burnt house and carrying belongings. With the Islamists now on the run after a sustained military counter-offensive over the last year, business leaders believe trade should be at the forefront of the region’s revival. Fears of raids or the aftermath of deadly attacks have left towns and villages deserted, forcing many in the largely agricultural region into camps for the internally displaced or host communities. / AFP / STRINGER
Suspected Boko Haram insurgents on Saturday night attacked Mairari and Femari communities in Konduga Local Government Area of Borno.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the insurgents attacked the communities at about 8:30 pm; killed one person, set houses ablaze and carted away food items.
The attack came barely 12 hours after the insurgents killed more than 10 farmers and abducted others at Kuwa-Yangeya village on Maiduguri-Damboa Road on Saturday.
An eyewitness, Goni Umar, said the insurgents attacked the communities on gun trucks and motorcycles.
Umar said the insurgents carted away food items from shops and houses before setting them ablaze.
He added that the villagers fled into the bush while some others ran to Maiduguri, adding that: “one person was killed by a stray bullet while trying to escape”.
He said: “On our way to Maiduguri, we saw troops and police heading to the villages.”
Brig.-Gen. Bulama Biu, the Acting General Officer Commanding, 7 Division, confirmed the attack.
In a Short Service Message to NAN, Biu said that troops had successfully repelled the attack, adding that the insurgents fled into the bush.
He said: “Troops have been deployed since 8:45 pm and they are still combing the area in order to apprehend the culprits.”