Nigeria gunmen kill many in village attack

2014-06-21 20:15
An image grab shows radical Islamic group known as Ansaru. (AFP)

An image grab shows radical Islamic group known as Ansaru. (AFP)

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Maiduguri - Suspected Islamist militants stormed a village in northeast Nigeria on Saturday, killing several people and torching houses close to where more than 200 schoolgirls were kidnapped two months ago, a witness said.

Clad in military uniforms, the attackers raided Koronginim in a convoy of sport utility and military vehicles, the witness told Reuters by telephone, asking not to be identified.

The attackers shouted "Allahu Akbar" (God is greatest) before opening fire and killing "many", the witness said. "Two of their leaders were giving orders that they should shoot anyone on sight," the witness added.

Koronginim is in Nigeria's remote Borno state, the birthplace of a five-year-old insurgency by Boko Haram militants, bent on carving out an Islamist caliphate in religiously-mixed Nigeria.

The village is about 9 km from Chibok, where the Boko Haram abducted the schoolgirls in April.

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