News ID: 270032
Published: 0256 GMT June 10, 2020

Boko Haram kills dozens, destroys village in northern Nigeria

Boko Haram kills dozens, destroys village in northern Nigeria

Boko Haram gunmen killed at least 69 people and razed a village to the ground in Nigeria’s northeastern state of Borno, three sources told Reuters.

The men attacked the village of Faduma Koloram, in the Gubio district of Borno, starting about noon, reported.

They arrived in vehicles and on motorcycles, shooting with AK-47s, razing the village and stealing 1,200 cattle and camels. A resident, a Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF) member and a soldier each confirmed the same account.

They said the men attacked because they suspected residents of sharing information on Boko Haram's movements with security authorities.

"It's an unfortunate day for us to witness this," said CJTF fighter Kachallah Bumu. While he said the residents were armed, and had repelled previous attacks, this one caught them off guard.

"They took us unaware and killed our people," he said.

A military spokesman could not be reached for comment.

Boko Haram has killed thousands and displaced millions in northeastern Nigeria.

It has intensified attacks against the military in the last two years, repeatedly carrying out deadly strikes against soldiers.

In recent months there has been an increase in attacks on civilians blamed on the group.

The decade-long conflict has killed 36,000 people and displaced around two million from their homes in the northeast.

The violence has spread to neighboring Niger, Chad, and Cameroon, prompting a regional military coalition to fight the terrorists.


Reuters and AFP contributed to the story.


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