Armed group in Nigeria kills civilians

Deadly violence by suspected Boko Haram fighters leaves 20 dead in Dawashe village, military spokesman says.

    The toll and circumstances of the incident could not immediately be verified independently [AFP/Nigerian army]
    The toll and circumstances of the incident could not immediately be verified independently [AFP/Nigerian army]

    Suspected members of Nigeria's armed group Boko Haram shot dead more than 20 civilians when a vigilante group attacked them in the northern Borno state, a military spokesman has said.

    "The suspected sect members came armed and fired sporadic shots that killed over twenty innocent civilians," Haruna Mohammed Sani, spokesman for the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) said on Sunday.

    Attacks by Boko Haram have killed more than 3,000 people since 2009, according to Human Rights Watch [EPA]

    The violence took place on Saturday in Dawashe village, the army lieutenant said in a statement.

    He said men from the Civilian Joint Task Force, a vigilante group formed in Boko Haram's bastion Maiduguri to combat the gunmen who have been terrorising the region for years, entered Dawashe to search for suspects.

    Suspected Boko Haram members subsequently opened fire in the village, the spokesman said, adding that the 20 victims were mostly fishermen and traders.

    Sani said a dozen other civilians sustained gunshot wounds during the incident but provided no information on casualties among the belligerents.

    The toll and circumstances of the incident could not immediately be verified independently.

    The MNJTF, a joint military force set up in 1998 to combat border crimes, consists of troops from Nigeria, Chad and Niger.

    Its mandate was recently expanded to fight Boko Haram, whose insurgency is estimated to have cost 3,600 lives since 2009, including killings by security forces.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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