Hundreds are said to have fled their homes in Dalori and Wanori villages, as Boko Haram sect invaded their both towns, some 5km on the outskirts of Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, residents have said.
Many are said to have been killed and injured by the insurgents who took the quiet village by surprise at about 7pm.
A Civilian Joint Task Force confirmed the attack, saying, ”we are under attack by Boko Haram. There is heavy fighting with the military in Dalori and Wanori.”
“The whole village has been set on fire,” said Tijjani Ali, another resident of Maiduguri, who spoke to Premium Times, he lamented that soldiers manning the south-eastern gate of Maiduguri along Bama road were preventing fleeing residents from entering the city.
The spokesman of the Nigerian Army in the city, Colonel Mustapha Anka, confirmed the attack but declined details on casualty likely to have been incurred in the attack.
The military continues to fight back Boko Haram at the time of filing this report.