The Boko Haram terrorist group seems to have renewed attacks with vigour on the state of Borno.
Of recent, hardly has a day passed without a story of onslaught on Borno villages, the most devastated state by Boko Haram in the North East of the country.
This is despite the Nigerian Army claims that the terrorists have been pushed out of contention and rendered ineffective.
In the past one week highly rated Army officers and soldiers, including Lt. Col. Muhammed Abu-Ali and Lt. Col. B. U Umar were ambushed and killed by the Islamic group.
Reports emanating from Borno on Thursday, however, have it that no fewer than 22 persons have been killed in separate attacks this week by suspected Boko Haram gunmen in Monguno Local Government Area of the state.
The attacks were said to have been carried out between Monday and Tuesday, according to a top official of the Vigilante Group of Nigeria in Borno State, Abbas Gava.
The source informed that the villages of Dasa and Duwabayi, both in Monguno Local Government Area, were attacked by the Boko Haram insurgents.
“We received the sad information from our colleagues operating in Monguno who said on Monday that gunmen attacked Dasa, a village about 3km away from Monguno during which they killed nine persons”, said Gava who also functions as the spokesman of the local vigilante group in the state.
“On Tuesday night, again, the gunmen went to attack Duwabayi, another village not far away from Dasa, where they killed 13 persons – making it a total of 22 dead casualties. The gunmen who stormed the villages in large numbers ensured that they burnt down every building in the two villages”.
Gava added that members of his vigilante group on Wednesday in Monguno arrested one of the notorious amirs (commander) of Boko Haram whom they reportedly handed over to the soldiers in Monguno.
He said residents of the two villages fled their homes in the wake of the attacks.
Monguno is one of the most attacked local government areas located within the northern axis of Borno state.