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Boko Haram militants kill several villagers in Nigeria

from BBC

(elbcradio.com/Aug. 20, 2015)-Reports from Nigeria say about sixty people may have been killed after a raid on a village in the north-east by suspected Boko Haram militants.

The attack took place in the town of Kukuwa in Yobe State last Thursday, citing the emergence of some survivors, the BBC said.

Some of the villagers who died are said to have drowned while fleeing from gunmen.

Eyewitnesses told another Western media group, AFP News Agency that dozens of militants arrived in the village on motorcycles and began shooting the residents.

Another account of the reports puts the death toll higher than sixty but the actual casualty figure is yet unknown up to press time.

The reports also said a military offensive has weakened the extremist group in recent months, as some parts of north-east Nigeria still remain extremely insecure.

Kukuwa is about 50km from the State’s capital, Damaturu, but the people for some time have been extremely vulnerable.

Meanwhile, the Nigerian Government has announced that it would recruit ten thousand police officers to boost security and help youth unemployment.

Inadequate security in Nigeria has been attributed to authorities’ failure to defeat the militant Islamist group, Boko Haram, the reports also said,
Last month, President Mohammed Buhari gave the security commanders three months to defeat the insurgents.

According to the reports, the police are part of the task force fighting the insurgents in the north-east of the country.

Despite the fall of the militants’ strongholds, they are still active as evidenced by their persistent upsurge in suicide attacks since President Buhari took office.

 


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