Residents of Kalabalge Village in Borno State on Tuesday fought off invading Boko Haram gunmen in an early morning attack, killing several of them with about 10 also caught alive.
The insurgents had repeatedly attempted to attack Kalabalge, an agro-nomad community near the Cameroon borders, but failed to gain entry into the village on each attempt.
Residents said the villagers had made security preparations around the village that made it impossible for the Boko Haram insurgents to succeed in attacking the village which also serves as the headquarters of Kalabalge Local Government Area of Borno.
"We have told them (Boko Haram) that they cannot take their attacks to our village because, we have taken measures both security wise and spiritually to prevent them", said a vigilante member in the community who did not say his name when he spoke with PREMIUM TIMES on phone.
"They wanted to attack us just the way they did in Bama, Konduga and Damboa, but we got the wind of it and all of us laid ambush for them; when they neared the village, we opened fire using our Dane duns, double barrel rifles and bows-and-arrows, most of them who were shocked took to their heels, but many of them died, some that were injured have been caught alive and are with the security people as I am talking to you", said the vigilante member.
An official of the State Security Service who pleads anonymity confirmed the incident to reporters on phone.
"The insurgents tried to attack the village as at 5 a.m. of this morning (Tuesday) but the vigilante and some members of the village who got the hint of the attack laid ambush and were able to kill as many of them as possible, while about ten of them were caught alive; they also recovered two trucks from the insurgents", said the security source.
The Boko Haram has raided several villages in Borno killing thousands of people and destroying several property.