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BOKO HARAM ATTACK: NEMA CONFIRMS EIGHT DEAD

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Boko Haram has killed eight persons in an attack on an internally displaced persons’ camp and four communities in the outskirts of Maiduguri, Borno State.

The terrorist group attacked the villages: Kofa, Mallumti, Ngomari and Gozari at about 8pm on Wednesday.

The villages are on Bama road and not far away from Sambisa, which was once occupied by the terrorist group.

Confirming the attack to journalists on Thursday, the North East Zonal Coordinator of the National Emergency Management Agency, Bashir Garga, in a press release said: “Six people from Kofa village were killed as a result of suspected Boko Haram terrorists that attacked four villages in the outskirts of Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.”

He said the attack was launched by the terrorist group on Kofa, Mallumti, Ngomari, Gozari villages, all in the vicinity of Dalori internally displaced persons’ camp.

Garga said the attack led to many villagers fleeing to the Dalori IDP camp for safety.

He said the terrorists followed them up and killed two IDPs, which increased the number of people killed to eight.

He said: “Many villagers fled to the Dalori IDPs camp which led to an attack on the camp vicinity that claimed the lives of two IDPs making a total of eight people dead.”

Garga revealed that “the terrorists gained access to the area through a bush path behind the villages and came in four vehicles and some motorcycles. They ransacked the market in front of the IDP camp.”

He said the villagers who ran into the bush for safety have returned back to their homes while the Borno State Fire Service have contained the inferno.

He also said the injured have been treated in the camp clinic, with serious cases evacuated to hospitals in Maiduguri.

The NEMA boss said an assessment team is on site to provide relief assistance to those affected.

(PUNCH NG)

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