By Ndahi Marama, Maiduguri
At least 40 villagers were killed and several others injured on Saturday evening in Dalwa-Masuba village of Damboa local of Borno state in northeast Nigerian, security sources and witnesses said.
The gunmen who were reported to have attacked the villages in their large numbers also burnt down the entire village along side three pickup vans carrying fire woods from Damboa to Maiduguri, the state capital.
A member of the security vigilante (Abbas Gava) who spoke on phone, said no security personnel had reached the attacked town at the time he was speaking.
“We heard about the attack from some of the villagers who fled the village, and we had to drive there on our patrol van; the entire village was set on fire, and about 40 persons lying dead all over the place; three firewood pickups were also set ablaze”, the local vigilante said.
But the attack however has not been confirmed by the police and other security operatives, as all their phone numbers could not be reached for confirmation as at press time.