Maiduguri — At least five people were killed in Maiduguri in the early hours of yesterday by unknown attackers, residents said.
Some witnesses said the attackers, armed with rifles, knives and cutlasses stormed Shokwari, a lowly settlement along Gamboru road, where they descended on the victims.
No group has claimed responsibility for the latest incident.
One account said the victims were slaughtered like rams while other residents of the area said two people were shot and killed while three others were slaughtered.
"The attackers came around 2:30am and launched the onslaught. In all, five men were killed in two different compounds," a source who hid his name said.
It was gathered that after entering each of the houses, the gunmen reportedly ordered the occupants to come out of their rooms, before selecting their targets.
"They separated women and children in one side, while men were held at gun point, before the assailants selected the victims but we don't know the criteria they followed in selecting those to be killed and those to be spared," another witness said.
When contacted, spokesman of the military task force, Lieutenant Colonel Sagir Musa said he was out of Maiduguri for official engagement and did not have any detail on the incident.
On his part, police commissioner Yuguda Abdullahi said there was no such incident. "If at all some people have been slaughtered or shot dead, we expect their relatives to report to us. As I am talking to you nobody has lodged any complain," he said.