The Tuesday’s attack, it was learnt was a retaliatory one on the three villages of Attagara, Agapalawa and Aganjara in local government area of troubled Borno state.
A resident of Maiduguri, who lost his brother in the attack, told journalists on condition of anonymity that the armed men dressed in military camouflage drove into the three communities of Attagara, Agapalawa and Aganjara in the Gwoza Local Government, northeast Borno State, in military vehicles.
They subsequently gathered the unsuspecting villagers and opened fire on them.
Gwoza is located on the southeast of Borno state and about 135 kilometres away from Maiduguri, the capital of the state presently ravaged by Boko Haram insurgency.
The security source said: “The community actually thought the gunmen were military personnel. It didn’t occur to them they were Boko Haram. It was too late by the time they found out as the insurgents have indiscriminately opened fire on them.”
Details to follow