At least five people have been killed and a village razed in an attack by Boko Haram extremists in the northern Nigerian Borno state.
Arriving in 10 trucks, Boko Haram militants stormed the village of Gasarwa near the garrison town of Monguno late Friday, setting homes on fire.
“Five people were killed in the arson, they included two elderly men and three children,” Babakura Kolo, a militia leader in the Borno state capital Maiduguri said.
Militia defending the village said they were outnumbered and outgunned.
Militia member Ibrahim Liman said the attackers watched food supplies and livestock burn in the fire but made no attempt to loot.
Boko Haram has intensified its militancy in recent weeks, especially against military targets in which dozens of troops were believed to have been killed or gone missing.
At the end of July, a group of extremists in five trucks sacked a military post in nearby Bunari village, with a military source claiming 11 troops were killed.
The attacks appear to undermine repeated claims by the military that Boko Haram had been defeated.
Meanwhile, the Plateau state Police Command has confirmed killing of three people in Zanwra area of Bassa local government area of Plateau state.
According to the Plateau state Police Public Relation Officer, Tyopev Terna, in a statement, the attack occurred Friday at about 6.30 p.m.
He said the attack was carried out by armed men suspected to be Fulani herders.
“Today being 04/08/2018 at about 0745hrs the Nigeria Police Force, Plateau State Command, Jos received an information that on 03/08/2018 at about 1830hrs unknown armed men suspected to be Fulani Herdsman attacked Zanwra area of Jebbu Miango, Bassa LGA.
“As a result of the attack three persons were shot dead. They are; Emmanuel Gado ‘M’ age 22 years, Ladi Monday ‘F’ age 30 years and Mary Monday ‘F’ age 5 years,” the statement added.
Mr Terna said on the receipt of the information about the incident, police detectives led by the Divisional Crime Officer (DCO) of Bassa Police Division mobilised to the scene of crime.
According to PPRO, “one expended shell of 7.62mm Ammunition was recovered.”
He however said investigation was in progress to arrest the perpetrators of the crime, calling on members of public to help the command with the needed information that would assist to get the perpetrators apprehended.