By Michael Olugbode in Maiduguri
The Boko Haram terrorists again inched closer to Maiduguri on Tuesday night, razing five villages in the suburb of the town.
The terrorist group, which many had thought were depleted, undertook a daring attack on five villages, mainly in Jere Local Government Area, about 10 kilometers from Maiduguri, the capital of troubled Borno State.
The terrorists were alleged to have killed 11 persons in the five villages which they attacked between 8pm and 10pm on Tuesday.
A member of the youth vigilante group, who spoke anonymously to our correspondent in Maiduguri yesterday, said: the terror group attacked the five villages of Gurkolle I, Gurkolle II, Jajeri and Jatori (all in Jere local government area) and Ladi Mbutaye (in Mafa local government) in a brutal manner.
He said they drove to the villages in tricycles and motorcycles and razed the five villages.
The vigilante member said at the two Gurkolle villages, a person was killed each.
At Jajeri, he said five persons were shot dead by the rampaging insurgents.
But at Jatori, there was no death though the entire village was razed by Boko Haram insurgents.
He said the insurgents were more daring in Ladi Mbutaye were they slaughtered four persons as if they were chickens and razed the village completely.
The vigilante said the insurgents wanted to advance further but for the intervention of men of the youth vigilante group and soldiers who pushed them back.