Boko Haram stormed three villages late last week, killing at least 8 farmers, stealing property, and destroying many houses. These attacks came unprovoked. This took place outside Maiduguri, the capital of Borno State in Northeast Nigeria and home to many of the Boko Haram fighters. It is the most heavily attack of all the states in Nigeria as Boko Haram has been pushed further back by Nigerian Forces. Thankfully, Villagers from the first attack were able to worn those in other nearby villages and help to limit the loss of life.
2017-09-13 Nigeria (News24) Boko Haram jihadists killed eight people in a series of raids on farming communities in northeast Nigeria, civilian militia members and local residents told AFP on Friday.
The attacks were carried out by gunmen travelling in pick-up trucks and on motorcycles outside the Borno state capital, Maiduguri, on Wednesday and Thursday.
Homes were razed, and food and livestock seized in an apparent reprisal attack against young men joining the civilian militia, which helps the military with security.
“They killed eight farmers in the raids and burnt three villages which forced farmers to abandon their farms,” said one militia leader, Ibrahim Liman.
Some 17 Islamist fighters stormed Mallan village at about 0700 GMT on Thursday, killing two farmers.
Three people were shot dead in the same village on Wednesday night, said resident Jidda Kori, who fled to Maiduguri.
“They mainly targeted young men in the attacks because they believe every young man is a member of the civilian vigilante” he added.
“They burnt down the entire village and took away our food, livestock and 13 bicycles.”
Kesa Kura village, which is near Mallan, was also attacked on Wednesday night, killing three people, said resident Mohammed Ahmed.
Another village, Manjita, was razed but residents managed to flee after they were alerted by people fleeing Mallan, he added.
The eight-year Boko Haram conflict has forced farmers and their families to flee their homes and fields, leading to a shortage of food and exacerbating a humanitarian crisis.