NIGERIA: 2 Killed As Boko Haram Raid Army Chief's Village
Suspected Boko Haram gunmen have raided the village of Nigeria's army chief in northeast Borno state, killing two residents and setting fire to several homes, residents said on Tuesday.
Dozens of Boko Haram fighters stormed Buratai, the native village of chief of army staff Major General Tukur Yusuf Buratai, around 19:00 on Monday night, shooting indiscriminately and forcing residents to flee into the bush.
The assault was followed by a failed suicide attack at a military checkpoint in the town of Biu, 25km away, residents and vigilantes assisting the military in fighting Boko Haram said.
The raid in Buratai follows a similar Boko Haram attack in April where 20 people were killed and more than half of the village was razed to the ground, including the army chief's own home.
In Monday's attack, witnesses said the insurgents seized two male residents and slit their throats before setting fire to homes.