Boko Haram gunmen killed 15 people including a village leader near Maiduguri, the heartland of the Islamist group blamed for
deaths in its six-year insurgency, security sources and residents said
“The terrorists attacked Kambari village which is less
than five kilometres to Maiduguri around 5:00 am. They killed 15 people
and set the entire hamlet ablaze,” the security source who requested
anonymity said of the attack on Friday.
“After fruitless efforts
to enter Maiduguri through Konduga without success, the terrorists took a
different route and attacked Kambari,” he said.
A woman from the village who simply gave her name as Kyallu said four of her children were among the dead.
killed four of my grown-up children when they attacked our village
about the time for the morning prayers,” Kyallu, who is now in
Maiduguri, told AFP.
“They shot my children dead without any
prompting. I had to leave the village with my grandchildren because we
have lost our houses,” she said.
“The insurgents also killed our village head. In fact, I counted 15 dead bodies,” she said.
and its environs have been repeatedly attacked by the extremists who
began their deadly insurgency to impose Sharia in the mainly-Muslim
north in 2009.