SUSPECTED Boko Haram fighters on Tuesday evening invaded a settlement 3km away from Khaddamari village of Jere LGA of Borno State, firebombed huts and opened fire on civilians, leaving bullet-ridden and charred bodies strewn across the street.
Though details of this is still sketchy as at the time of going to press, witnesses said that they heard the screams of children burning to death as huts and homes were razed to the ground.
Another witness around Old Maiduguri area of Jere on phone this evening confirmed that he heard powerful explosion around 8:40pm, followed by sounds of gun shots supposedly from the military, whom he said.
Sources said. Jere Council headquarters is north east and just about 7 km drive from Maiduguri, the state capital. This development is coming barely three days when two out of the five displaced emirs of Askira/Uba Local Government Area returned to their domain after spending two years in Maiduguri due to Boko Haram attacks.
The sect members, according to reliable security source and fleeing residents, invaded the communities around 7pm on Tuesday and set ablaze many houses after killing 13 residents and injurying scores of others.
Khaddamari village is an outskirt north and a stone throw community to Maiduguri Metropolis which has suffered series of Boko Haram’s attacks in the past. A policeman attached to Jere Division who did not want his name mentioned confirmed the deadly attack and destruction of houses in the communities, according to him, he was at his duty post when they received a distress call that Boko Haram sect had invaded the surrounding communities of Khaddamari.
He said, they were helpless as there were no reinforcement from the military to repel the night attack, pointing out that, until this morning (Wednesday) that the Divisional Police Officer ordered his men to visit the areas. The police source revealed that after visiting the scene of the incident, the police recovered 13 dead bodies of residents with scores injured with bullet wounds and burns they sustained from the rampaging sect, adding that almost all the houses and structures in the affected communities were destroyed with no any arrest. All effort to get confirmation from both police or military authorities proves abortive at press time. Details later.