Friday, 11 December 2015

Fourteen people were killed, some of them
decapitated, in a Boko Haram raid on a village in
northeast Nigeria, a resident and a civilian
vigilante assisting the military said on Friday.
The attack happened at about 8:00 pm (1900 GMT) on
Thursday in the village of Kamuya in Borno State,
near where Nigeria‘s most senior army officer Tukur
Yusuf Buratai has a home.
The Islamist gunmen arrived on foot and by bicycle,
witnesses said.
Hit-and-run attacks were once a trademark of the
Islamic State group affiliate but have decreased in
recent months in the face of a sustained Nigerian
army counter-attack.
The latest raid again underlined the threat posed by
the rebels, particularly in hard-to-reach rural areas,
despite military claims they are a spent force and in
disarray.
It also took the number of civilian casualties since
President Muhammadu Buharitook office on May 29
to more than 1,500, according to an AFP tally.
Since 2009, at least 17,000 have been killed.
Ibrahim Babagana, who lives in Kamuya, said he and
other locals fled the attack to the town of Biu, some
30 kilometres (18.5 miles) away, as Boko
Haramfighters set fire to the village.
He initially gave a death toll of nine but later told AFP:
“This morning (Friday), some of us went back to the
village.
“We found 14 dead bodies. Some of them were
decapitated and their heads placed on their torso.
“Seven others were shot dead. They have all been
buried. The entire village has been razed.”
Mustapha Karimbe, a member of a civilian militia
involved in fighting Boko Haram, gave a similar
account and said half-a-dozen people were injured.
“The six injured victims are receiving treatment at the
General Hospital in Biu,” he added.
Kamuya is the hometown of Buratai’s mother and
was previously attacked in a similar raid in July.
Nearby Buratai village, 10 kilometres away, was also
hit.
Residents of Kamuya had returned to cultivate their
farms after the July attacks.
Nigeria‘s government said this week it expects many
of the 2.1 million people displaced by the six years of
conflict to begin returning home from next year and
reconstruction work had started.
But the latest attack — and a similar one in Bam-
Buratai on November 28 that left at least four dead
— will add to fears about returnees’ safety.
Last weekend, Boko Haram fighters torched almost
an entire village near the Borno town of Chibok, from
where more than 200 schoolgirls were kidnapped in
April last year.
Babagana said: “We believe these (latest) attacks are
connected with the chief of army staff who has put
pressure on Boko Haram since he took over.”

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