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Gunmen kill five villagers in Maiduguri

14 January 2014, 06:39

Maiduguri - Suspected Boko Haram gunmen attacked a market in restive northeastern Nigeria, killing five and injuring many more, witnesses said on Monday.

More than 30 attackers armed with guns, explosives and knives stormed the market in Borno State, where a state of emergency is in place, they said.

The attack occurred on Sunday, little more than a week after an assault on the same village in Borno left nine people dead.

"I escaped by the grace of God when I sneaked through a nearby river," said trader Amarjiya Awami, who said he had lost two friends in the attack.

The attackers burned cars, shops and tents storing grain during their rampage through the market, popularly known as Ladi Kayamuna and situated about 22 kilometers (14 miles) from the state capital Maiduguri.

Thousands of people have been killed in the insurgency waged by Boko Haram, which seeks to create an Islamic state in Nigeria's mainly Muslim north.

The group has in recent months intensified attacks on civilians in northern Borno in response to their perceived collaboration with the military tasked with stemming the bloody insurgency.

Local army spokesman Mohammed Dole confirmed the latest incident but gave no details.

"Yes it is true that some gunmen suspected to be Boko Haram terrorists invaded Kayamula village on Sunday, where they wreaked havoc on innocent civilians," he said.



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