Boko Haram kills 10, abducts 13 near Chi­bok

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KANO — Boko Haram Is­lamists have killed 10 peo­ple and ab­ducted 13 oth­ers in a raid on a village near the north­east Nige­rian town of Chi­bok where the mil­i­tants kid­napped over 200 school­girls in 2014, lo­cals said on Sun­day.

Armed ji­hadists on mo­tor­cy­cles in­vaded Kubr­rivu at dawn on Satur­day, fir­ing on the res­i­dents as they were sleep­ing and loot­ing and burn­ing homes be­fore flee­ing into the bush with 13 women and chil­dren seized from the village.

“The Boko Haram at­tack­ers rode on four mo­tor­cy­cles, three on each, and opened fire on the village as res­i­dents slept,” said Luka Dam­ina, a res­i­dent of nearby Kau­tik­eri village where Kubr­rivu res­i­dents fled to safety fol­low­ing the attack.

“They burnt down the whole village after loot­ing food sup­plies and live­stock and tak­ing away women and chil­dren,” Dam­ina said.

Ayuba Alam­son, a com­mu­nity el­der in Chi­bok, some 20km away, con­firmed the attack, say­ing 13 peo­ple were ab­ducted in the raid.

“After killing 10 peo­ple and burn­ing the en­tire village, the gun­men made away with 13 peo­ple, in­clud­ing seven women, five boys and a girl,” Alam­son said.

In 2014 Kubr­rivu was burnt down in a deadly Boko Haram raid which forced res­i­dents to flee. A year later they re­turned and re­built their homes after Nige­rian troops re­cap­tured swathes of ter­ri­tory from the Is­lamists in a se­ries of mil­i­tary suc­cesses against them.

Boko Haram, which seeks to im­pose strict Is­lamic law in north­ern Nige­ria, has been blamed for some 20 000 deaths and dis­plac­ing more than 2.6 mil­lion peo­ple since 2009.

The au­da­cious mass kid­nap­ping of 276 school­girls from Chi­bok in April 2014 pro­voked global out­rage and brought un­prece­dented at­ten­tion to Boko Haram’s brutal tac­tics. — AFP

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