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Boko Haram militants kill 14 in northeast Nigeria

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At least 14 people have been killed, among them some decapitated, by militants from Boko Haram Takfiri terrorist group in an attack on a village in northeast Nigeria.

A resident said on Friday that Boko Haram carried out an attack in the village of Kamuya in Nigeria’s crisis-stricken northeastern state of Borno at about 8:00 pm (1900 GMT) on Thursday.

Ibrahim Babagana, a resident of the village, said he and other locals found 14 dead bodies, adding, “Some of them were decapitated and their heads placed on their torso.”

He added that seven others were gunned down and buried, adding that Boko Haram terrorists set fire to the village and completely destroyed it.

Mustapha Karimbe, a civilian vigilante, said half-a-dozen people were also injured in the raid.

"The six injured victims are receiving treatment at the General Hospital in [the town of] Biu," he added.

At least 20,000 people have been killed and more than 2.5 million made homeless since the beginning of the Boko Haram militancy in Nigeria in 2009. The militants have recently pledged allegiance to the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group, which is primarily operating inside Syria and Iraq.

On December 7, Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari suggested that military operations against the Boko Haram militants could be extended as the Abuja government is likely to miss a self-imposed December 31 deadline to end the militancy.

In August, the Nigerian president pledged to defeat the terrorists and gave the country’s military commanders until the end of December to meet that goal.

The Nigerian military has claimed a string of successes against the militants in recent months. There has been, however, no let-up in the Boko Haram violence in Nigeria and neighboring countries.

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