By Joan Ejembi
Boko Haram insurgents have carried out raids on some vulnerable rural communities in northeast Nigeria, killing three people and setting no fewer than 150 houses ablaze.
The Information Officer for the Guzamala Local Government Area in northern Borno state, Modu Ganamani, said on Thursday that, the attack was launched on the communities around 3.pm on Wednesday.
He told AFP on phone that: “Boko Haram insurgents came in large numbers in trucks and on motorcycles and attacked Goram and two neighbouring villages, Lingis and Ajidari.”
“They killed three people and burned around 150 homes. They looted foodstores and set them on fire,” he added.
Although, it could not be ascertain immediately, which faction of Boko Haram was responsible for the attack, hit-and-run raids were often used by fighters loyal to Abubakar Shekau when they began to take over swathes of territory in remote rural areas.
Recall that the Islamic State group-backed faction of Abu Mus’ab al-Barnawi had vowed not to attack civilians but has also raided villages for food.
The attack clearly portray the risks faced by civilians who have returned to their homes as a result of the military counter-insurgency.
Ganamani said people in the Guzamala area had relocated to the Borno state capital, Maiduguri, in November 2015 because of Boko Haram attacks in the area and only returned back last February to Guzamala only to be hit again.