Miringa, a village in Biu local government area of Borno State in the northeast came under attack today, Sunday, by gunmen suspected to be members of the dreaded Islamic sect, Boko Haram.
They made an in-road to the village market, where they attacked traders as well as buyers, killing five people and injuring several others.A ward councillor in Biu town of Biu local government, who did not want his name mentioned also confirmed the incident, adding that, the gunmen came in two Hilux vans with Islamic inscription and flags and began shooting sporadically at people during the market hours.
He said five persons had been confirmed dead, while others are currently being conveyed to the General Hospital in Biu, Biu local government council.
Another resident of Miringa, Abdu Usman told DailyPost that there was pandemonium in Miringa village as the whole town was deserted following shootings at the market.
According to him, many people from the town had fled to the mountain area for safety, while others ran into the bush.
He, however, said that normalcy was returning gradually as some people were finding their way back to town after security operatives arrived.
DailyPost could not get confirmation from the police in Maiduguri, as at the time of filing this report as the mobile phone of the Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Gideon Jibrin was not going through.
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