Unidentified gunmen suspected to be members of Boko Haram, yesterday night, carried out multiple attacks in separate areas of Maiduguri metropolis, killing eight persons.
The latest spate of serial killings occurred barely a day after a similar one in which five men were slaughtered in Shokwari ward.
Among the victims were three children of the same family, who were slaughtered in Silimanti area of Polo ward. It was gathered that the incident occurred at about 2.pm when three young men, armed with AK 47 rifles and other dangerous weapons, stormed the house of the victims.
In a related development, gunmen killed three people in Sho village of Barakin-Ladi Local Government Area of Plateau State as the people in the area continued to live in fear occasioned by frequent attacks by gunmen.
Sources within the area revealed that during the attack, father of the children, whose ages were between eight to 12 years was absent when the assailants unleashed their terror.
"When the gunmen arrived in the area, they broke the entry gate, forced themselves inside and held the mother of the boys at gun point, before slaughtering them in her presence", a resident, who did not want his name in print told newsmen on phone.
Also in the same area, a retired civil servant escaped being killed by the gunmen after jumping over the fence of his house.
The gunmen, in anger, burnt down the entire house, when they could not find the man.
In the other mid night attack, which seemed to be a reprisal attack, another group of gunmen also stormed different compounds in Lawan Bukar ward and shot dead five persons.
The victims were allegedly killed on suspicion of being informants to security operatives. According to sources, trouble started last Tuesday when some residents of the area informed security forces about the hide-out of two suspected insurgents.
The insurgents were later allegedly killed by the security agents, only for their colleagues to return to the area to kill the suspected informants.