Boko Haram kills 10, abducts 13 near Chibok

Boko Haram kills 10, abducts 13 near Chibok

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.

Boko Haram kills 10, abducts 13 near Chibok

 At dawn on Saturday, armed jihadists on motorcycles invaded Kubrrivu  firing on the residents as they were sleeping. They looted and burned a number of homes before fleeing into the bush with 13 women and children seized from the village.

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

She added, "They burnt down the whole village after looting food supplies and livestock and taking away women and children."

Ayuba Alamson, a community elder in Chibok, some 20 kilometers (12 miles) 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.

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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 ignited global outrage and brought unprecedented attention to Boko Haram's brutal tactics. Although a number of girls were released recently, a total of 218 girls are still missing.

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