Four Borno villages assailed by Boko Haram

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A series of suspected Boko Haram
attacks in four villages in Nigeria’s restive
northeast killed several people, residents said
Sunday, in the latest violence blamed on the
Islamist insurgents.
The military was not immediately available to
comment on the raids in Borno state, the hardest
hit area during Boko Haram’s five-year extremist
uprising, which has killed thousands.
All of the targeted villages are in the Gamboru
Ngala district near the border with Cameroon,
where Boko Haram killed hundreds in a gruesome
attack earlier this month.
The latest unrest hit the villages of Nuwari, Musari,
Walori on Saturday, where gunmen, some dressed
as soldiers and riding in 4×4 trucks, opened fire on
civilians and razed much of the area, according to
multiple witness accounts.
“They burnt all the villages and took away all our
livestock,” said Nuwari resident Bunu Kaloma,
providing details reported by other witnesses.
He said 15 people were killed in the spate of
attacks but there were conflicting reports and it
was not possible to establish a concrete death toll.
Separately on Thursday, gunmen reportedly
attacked a wedding in nearby Kolma village.
“They came in after dark while a wedding party
was going on and went on shooting and tossing
explosives into homes,” said area resident Bukar
Mustapha.
The area has a poor mobile phone network and
details of attacks often take days to emerge.
Borno residents have been subjected to nearly
daily raids in 2014, with more than 2,000 people in
the area killed already this year.
Nigeria this month extended a year-long state of
emergency in the area, but the extraordinary
measure has not stemmed the bloodshed.
Boko Haram has been fighting Nigeria’s
government to create an Islamic state in the north
since 2009, but the conflict has received
unprecedented global attention over the last six
weeks.
The group’s April 14 mass abduction of more than
200 girls from a secondary school in Chibok, also
in Borno, has drawn condemnation worldwide.
The United States, Britain, France and Israel are
providing varying levels of support to Nigeria’s
military to help find the girls.

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