Boko Haram kills two people near Chibok: locals

Boko Haram jihadists killed two people in a village near the northeast Nigerian town of Chibok, where more than 200 schoolgirls were kidnapped four years ago, residents said on Monday.

They said gunmen loyal to longtime Boko Haram faction leader Abubakar Shekau invaded the village of Sulima Kalama late on Sunday and shot dead two people before setting homes on fire.

"They burnt four houses and looted a drug store before leaving the village," Ayuba Alamson, a community leader in Chibok, told AFP.

Resident Samson Damina said many fled to nearby villages and Chibok, 25km away.

He said the jihadists came from the group's Sambisa forest stronghold.

Since the April 2014 abduction of the schoolgirls, insurgents have repeatedly attacked Chibok and nearby villages.

In October the Islamists attacked Mifah village, seven kilometres from Chibok, killing two residents and burning the entire village after looting food and livestock.

The nine-year Boko Haram insurgency has killed 27 000 people and displaced two million more, creating a dire humanitarian crisis.

The conflict has spilled over into Nigeria's northern neighbours Chad, Niger and Cameroon.

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