Hundreds of villagers had fled their homes in Nigeria’s northeast late on Saturday after an attack by Islamist militants from the Boko Haram group, said witnesses. No casualties were reported but the raid highlighted fragile security in Nigeria’s northeast, where the army is still battling to end a conflict that erupted in 2009. It was said that militants arrived in trucks in Jimmi, 5 km (3 miles) from Maiduguri city, and opened fire, setting homes ablaze and also attacking an informal refugee camp. Militia leader in Maiduguri Musa Ari said, “Boko Haram terrorists this evening attacked Jimmi village. They burnt homes in Jimmi and tents in the camp. We scrambled reinforcements and fighter jets to repel the attack.” Panicked villagers from the area fled to nearby Maiduguri, capital of Borno state which along with neighbouring Yobe state has been at the centre of the jihadist insurgency. “We left our village to escape Boko Haram who attacked our neighbours in Jimmi,” said Bale-Shuwa village resident Suleiman Balarabe. He said villagers saw military jets flying overhead towards Jimmi. “The sounds of guns coming from Jimmi terrified us and made us leave our homes because we were afraid they were going to attack our neighbourhood,” said Sanda Gini, a resident of Jiddari-Polo area on the outskirts of Maiduguri.