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Boko Haram blamed for killing 'at least 25' in northeast

26 July 2015, 11:08

Maidugur - At least 25 people were killed in new suspected Boko Haram attacks in the northeast, with many villagers also forced to flee their homes, residents said Saturday.

"The terrorists stormed Maikadiri around 9:00 am and opened fire on hapless citizens," resident Simon Templer said.

"They laid siege in daylight because there are no soldiers or police nearby," said another survivor, Markus Ali, adding: "We counted 21 corpses."

The attackers "killed, destroyed and then fled," Ali said.

Two other villages close to Maikadiri in Borno state were also attacked, said Maina Ularamu, chief of the Madagali district.

"The gunmen arrived on 10 motorbikes, two or three on each bike and attacked Kopa, Maikadiri and Yaffa" villages, he told AFP.

He said four people were killed in Yaffa.

He claimed that the extremists used to live in the villages before joining Boko Haram.

"Now they have no limits and they are preying on their own community because of the pressure the army offensive has put on them," Ularamu said.

The villages hit are on the fringes of the vast Sambisa forest, a longstanding hideout of the Islamist insurgents.

The Nigerian army has led a series of raids against them in recent months, succeeding in freeing several dozen women and children from the hands of the jihadists.

Ularamu said the extremists may have been taking their revenge on their former neighbours.

"The attacked their community because they would not let them back when the army attacked their camps. Those who tried to come back were denounced and arrested by the authorities," he said.

Fatima Saleh, who lives in the neighbouring village of Maigana, told AFP she saw the attackers pass and recognised many of them as locals.

Several state officials in the region have said this week that Boko Haram is still active in the forest despite the military offensive against them.

A police officer in Maiduguri confirmed the attacks while requesting anonymity.

Templer said many homes were also destroyed in the attacks.

"My aged mother is currently in the bush. Most of our people have fled and many houses and shops have been burnt," he said.



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