14 killed in Boko Haram raid in Nigeria

2015-12-11 22:18
Ammunition seized by the Nigerian forces from Islamist extremist group Boko Haram.

Ammunition seized by the Nigerian forces from Islamist extremist group Boko Haram. (Quentin Leboucher, AFP)

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Kano - Fourteen people were killed, some of them decapitated, in a Boko Haram raid on a village in northeast Nigeria, a resident and a civilian vigilante assisting the military said on Friday.

The attack happened at about 20:00 (19:00 GMT) on Thursday in the village of Kamuya in Borno State, near where Nigeria's most senior army officer Tukur Yusuf Buratai has a home.

The Islamist gunmen arrived on foot and by bicycle, witnesses said.

Hit-and-run attacks were once a trademark of the Islamic State group affiliate, but have decreased in recent months in the face of a sustained Nigerian army counter-attack.

The latest raid again underlined the threat posed by the rebels, particularly in hard-to-reach rural areas, despite military claims they are a spent force and in disarray.

It also took the number of civilian casualties since President Muhammadu Buhari took office on May 29 to more than 1 500, according to an AFP tally.

Since 2009, at least 17 000 have been killed.

Ibrahim Babagana, who lives in Kamuya, said he and other locals fled the attack to the town of Biu, about 30km away, as Boko Haram fighters set fire to the village.

He initially gave a death toll of nine but later told AFP: "This morning [Friday], some of us went back to the village.

"We found 14 dead bodies. Some of them were decapitated and their heads placed on their torso.

"Seven others were shot dead. They have all been buried. The entire village has been razed."

Mustapha Karimbe, a member of a civilian militia involved in fighting Boko Haram, gave a similar account and said half-a-dozen people were injured.

"The six injured victims are receiving treatment at the General Hospital in Biu," he added.

Kamuya is the hometown of Buratai's mother and was previously attacked in a similar raid in July. Nearby Buratai village, 10km away, was also hit.

Residents of Kamuya had returned to cultivate their farms after the July attacks.

Nigeria's government said this week it expects many of the 2.1 million people displaced by the six years of conflict to begin returning home from next year and reconstruction work had started.

But the latest attack - and a similar one in Bam-Buratai on November 28 that left at least four dead - will add to fears about returnees' safety.

Last weekend, Boko Haram fighters torched almost an entire village near the Borno town of Chibok, from where more than 200 schoolgirls were kidnapped in April last year.

Babagana said: "We believe these [latest] attacks are connected with the chief of army staff who has put pressure on Boko Haram since he took over."

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