Up to 150 drowned, shot fleeing Boko Haram

2015-08-18 17:43
Nigerian soldiers man a check point in Gwoza, Nigeria, a town newly liberated from Boko Haram. (Lekan Oyekanmi, AP)

Nigerian soldiers man a check point in Gwoza, Nigeria, a town newly liberated from Boko Haram. (Lekan Oyekanmi, AP)

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Kano - Up to 150 people were drowned in a river or shot dead fleeing Boko Haram gunmen who raided a remote village in Nigeria's northeastern Yobe state, locals said on Tuesday.

"Boko Haram gunmen attacked our village on Thursday which led to the deaths of around 150 people. Most of the victims died in the river while trying to escape," Kukuwa-Gari resident Bukar Tijjani told AFP.

News of the attack took five days to emerge because the militants have destroyed telecommunications masts around the village, 50km from Yobe State capital Damaturu, since the insurgency began in 2009.

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