At Least 55 people killed by Boko Haram in Borno state.

Reports gatherd this evening, has stated that deadly islamic group Boko Haram, has killed 55 people, and injured many others in a raid carried out near Maiduguri, Borno state capital.

This was confirmed by a vigilante and two other citizens of the state on friday 15/05/2015.

In an interview, an official of a Vigilante group in the state, Mr Abacha Zinnari, said "Boko Haram fighters raided Bale and Kayamla villages where they killed at least 55 people and burnt several homes after looting them before proceeding to the outskirts of Maiduguri where they were crushed by troops,"

"They killed 30 people in Kayamla and
another 25 in Bale," he added.

Husseini Ari, who is a resident of Bale said the villagers on Thursday buried 25 people killed in the previous day's attack while several others who were injured were taken to hospital.

"The village is mourning the death of 25 people killed in the Boko Haram attack who were buried yesterday," Ari said.

A group of heavily armed Boko Haram
fighters late Wednesday launched an
offensive on Maiduguri city which was
repelled by troops from a military base
on the outskirts of the city, according to
the military and residents.

The insurgents had raided the villages
before the foiled assault on the city but
the story was slow to emerge following a round-the-clock curfew imposed on the city by the military on Thurday which restricted movement.

"The gunmen burnt around 50 houses and looted food stores and livestock," said Ari, adding that the insurgents targeted homes they identified as belonging to vigilantes in the village
Musa Kumbo, a resident of Kayamla, said at least 30 people were killed in the Boko Haram raid on the village and
surrounding settlements.

"The attackers were heard shouting they would come back and finish their
operation once they were done with
Maiduguri," Kumbo said.

At least three soldiers, six vigilantes and dozens of Boko Haram insurgents were killed during clashes in Maiduguri on Wednesday evening, sources have said.

The assault was the first on Maiduguri for three months and came after sweeping offensives against Boko Haram strongholds by a regional military coalition of Nigeria, Niger, Chad and Cameroon.
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