Five people were killed in a suicide bomb attack when Boko Haram raided a remote village in northeast Nigeria, a civilian militia member and the emergency services said Thursday.
Ibrahim Liman, from the Civilian Joint Taskforce, said the attack happened at Belbelu village, near Kayamla, in the Konduga area of Borno state, at about 10:00 am.
Gunmen stormed the village and one of the jihadists broke off and headed towards a grain silo, forcing members of the CJTF to open fire.
“They kept firing at them with their muskets from behind the fence while he kept advancing and also firing back with his AK-47,” Liman said.
“A woman nearby was also killed. The attack forced the vigilantes to flee back to the village. That led to panic among villagers who began to flee.
“The attackers then moved in and broke into the silos and took grain, mostly millet, sorghum and maize. They took what they could and vandalised the rest.”
The account was supported by a member of the emergency services in Borno, who asked not to be identified for security reasons.
The Konduga district to the southeast of Maiduguri has been a known hotbed of Boko Haram activity despite government and military claims of victory over the group.