Boko Haram gunmen killed eight people when they attacked two villages in restive northeast Nigeria in an attempt to steal livestock on Friday, September 14, local militia said.
The militants moved into Modu Ajiri and Bulama Kayiri villages in Borno state to take cattle and sheep but the villagers put up a fight to save their livestock.
“Fighting erupted when the villagers tried to stop the attackers,” local militia spokesman Bunu Bukar Mustapha told AFP.
“Eight people were killed in the fight and four others were injured,” he said from the state capital Maiduguri, 90 kilometres (55 miles) away.
The militants opened fire on the villagers who were armed with machetes, bows and arrows, cudgels and swords, he said.
“The villagers were no match for the Boko Haram terrorists who came with guns,” said militia leader Babakura Kolo, who gave a similar toll.
After the attack, the jihadists herded all the stolen livestock into the bush, he said, adding that residents of the two villages had fled for fear of renewed attack by the insurgents.
Mustapha said the bodies of the victims were recovered by soldiers and militia who took them to the nearby town of Nganzai, around 10 km (6 miles) away.