Gunmen shot dead five people in their homes in two northern Nigerian cities on Monday, security forces said, the latest in a string of deadly attacks by suspected members of the Boko Haram Islamist sect. reports Reuters.
“Two people have been shot dead today by Boko Haram in Maiduguri,” the operations officer for the remote northeastern city, Victor Ebheleme, told Reuters.
“The area in which the attack took place has been cordoned off and the killers have been trailed, but no arrests have been made yet.”
Three Chadians were also killed in the volatile city of Damaturu, Yobe state police commissioner, Lawal Tanko, said.
A state of emergency was declared by the president in several regions in Nigeria on Dec. 31, closing the countryâ€™s borders with Niger, Cameroon and Chad, after a spate of Christmas Day attacks on churches and other targets.
The authorities also reported the killings of two Chadian nationals on Sunday.
Maiduguri is Boko Haram’s operational base and Damaturu is increasingly a focal point for its militant activity.
Damaturu was the scene of fierce gunbattle between the military and Boko Haram on Dec. 24, when more than 50 people were killed, mostly sect members.