Residents of Mairari and Femari communities in Konduga Local Government Area of Borno State had barely gone to bed when their peace was scuttled. 

Gunshots startled them. 

Suspected members of Boko Haram had arrived in the communities in gun trucks and motorcycles, shooting sporadically. 

It was about 8:30 p.m. local time on Saturday when they came. In the course of the attack, one person was killed while houses were set ablaze. The suspected terrorists also took away away food items.

The attack came barely 12 hours after the insurgents killed more than 10 farmers and abducted others at Kuwa-Yangeya village on Maiduguri-Damboa Road on Saturday.

An eyewitness, Goni Umar, said the insurgents carted away food items from shops and houses before setting them ablaze.

He added that the villagers fled into the bush while some others ran to Maiduguri.

“One person was killed by a stray bullet while trying to escape.

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“On our way to Maiduguri, we saw troops and police heading to the villages,” he said.

Brig-Gen. Bulama Biu, the Acting General Officer Commanding (GOC), 7 Division, confirmed the attack.

He told the News Agency of Nigeria that troops had successfully repelled the attack.

When troops arrived the location, the suspected terrorists fled into the bush, he said.

“Troops have been deployed since 8:45 pm and they are still combing the area in order to apprehend the culprits,” he added.

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