Nigeria: Boko Haram kills 18 at funeral

2016-06-17 17:39
A boy sits on his father’s shoulders during a protest march in Niamey against Boko Haram-related violence. (Boureima Hama, AFP)

A boy sits on his father’s shoulders during a protest march in Niamey against Boko Haram-related violence. (Boureima Hama, AFP)

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Yola - A police official says Boko Haram extremists have killed 18 people at a funeral in northeast Nigeria.

Police spokesperson Othman Abubakar said Friday the number of dead could rise.

Witnesses said the assailants shot at mourners after arriving on motorbikes in the Madagali area of Adamawa state on Thursday night.

One witness, who insisted on anonymity citing security concerns, said at least 10 people were injured.

Boko Haram pledged support for the Islamic State group last year. The Nigeria-based group's nearly seven-year-old insurgency has killed about 20 000 people, forced more than 2 million from their homes and spread into neighbouring countries.

Recent attacks in southeastern Niger killed more than 20 soldiers and displaced tens of thousands, worsening an already dire humanitarian situation in the region.

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