10 killed in Boko Haram attack on Nigerian village

2015-07-31 19:59

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Kano - At least 10 people were killed when Boko Haram Islamist gunmen raided a village in Nigeria's northeastern Yobe state in a revenge attack against local vigilantes, an official said on Friday.

About 32 gunmen on motorcycles raided the village of Kukuwa-Gari at around 22:30 (21:30 GMT) on Wednesday, killing 10 people including two women, said Baba Nuhu, a member of the local government council.

"They burnt more than half of the village, including food silos and livestock on which the people depend for their livelihood," Nuhu said.

"The attack came two days after two Boko Haram members who came into the village were identified by residents and mobbed to death," Nuhu said, adding that "the attack was obviously in reprisal" over their killing.

News of the attack was slow to emerge because the insurgents have destroyed telecom masts since the insurgency began in 2009.

The Gujba area of Yobe state, where Kukuwa-Gari village is located, has been hard hit by Boko Haram violence in the past, but has seen relative calm since troops reclaimed it in March.

In September 2013, scores of students of an agricultural college in the area were massacred as they slept in their dormitories.

In February last year, dozens of students of a boarding secondary school in the main town of Buni Yadi were also killed in a gun attack on their hostels.

Boko Haram claimed responsibility for both attacks.

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