Abuja - Five people have been killed following clashes by rival youth groups tracking down Boko Haram terrorists in the Borno State.
The incident occurred in Biu, 185 kilometres from the capital Maiduguri.
According to one of the youth, Abdullahi Mohammed, who sustained a gunshot injury during the incident and is currently responding to treatment in an undisclosed hospital, the trouble started when a group of youth from Maiduguri, accompanied by soldiers, invaded Biu town in search of Boko Haram terrorists.
“The youth in Biu had asked those that came from Maiduguri to leave the town because their presence in the town was likely to cause more harm than good to residents of Biu," Mohammed said.
According to him, it was during the ejection of the Maiduguri vigilante group that fight ensued between the two youth groups.
“I saw five dead bodies before I was rushed to hospital. It is possible the casualty figure may be more than five because only two of us survived the shooting, I can't tell where other dead bodies were deposited, " he said.
Maiduguri is one of cities hardest hit by Boko Haram terror activities in the northern parts of Nigeria.
- CAJ News