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At least 7 people were killed in a Christmas Eve assault by Jihadist terror group, Boko Haram on a village in Borno State.
AFP reports that the terrorists stormed Pemi, a predominant Christian village in Borno State on Thursday and shot indiscriminately and raze building to zero.
Narrating the attack, Abwaku Kanu, a militia leader said, The terrorists killed seven people, burnt 10 homes and looted food supplies that were meant to be distributed to residents to celebrate Christmas.”
A body was found Friday morning, local community leader Ayuba Alamson said, raising the number of dead to seven.
The toll could rise as villagers fled into the bush during the attack and some people are still unaccounted for.
The assailants, who drove from the group’s nearby Sambisa forest enclave, looted medical supplies from a hospital before setting it ablaze, the militia leader said, adding they also burnt a church and abducted a priest.
The village is located only 20 kilometres (12 miles) from Chibok, where Boko Haram kidnapped more than 200 schoolgirls six years ago.
Separately Thursday, gunmen attacked another Christian community in Garkida, in neighbouring Adamawa state, looting drug stores and food supplies before torching homes, residents told AFP.
There were no reports of casualties from that attack.
The Department of State Services (DSS) had issued a warning Tuesday about planned attacks.
The DSS asked Nigerians “to be extra vigilant and report strange movements”, while assuring that it was “collaborating with other sister agencies to ensure that adequate measures are put in place for protection of lives and property.”
The decade-long insurgency in the northeast has killed 36,000 people and displaced around two million from their homes, according to the United Nations.