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Two civilians killed in Boko Haram attack on Nigerian village

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Soldiers and policemen walk past a burnt house on February 4, 2016 during a visit to the village of Dalori in northeastern Nigeria, after an attack by Boko Haram militants. (AFP photo)

At least two civilians have been killed and hundreds others pushed out of their homes after Boko Haram terrorists stormed a village in northeastern Nigeria, local residents say. 

Local residents said on Monday that the attack occurred early on Saturday in Wumbi in the Kalabalge district of northern Borno state near the Cameroon border.

They said that the attack also forced hundreds of residents to cross into neighboring Cameroon.

"Boko Haram gunmen attacked our village around 4:00 a.m. (0300 GMT) and killed two people while everybody crossed the river into Cameroon," a resident said, adding, “They came on 10 motorcycles and fired indiscriminately, which jolted people out of their sleep, before they began to set our houses on fire after looting our food stocks."

Sources say the details of the latest militant raid were slow to come out because of poor to non-existent telephone networks in the remote region.

A Nigerian soldier walks near a damaged army vehicle at Bosso military camp on June 17, 2016, following attacks by Boko Haram militants in the region. (AFP photo) 

This comes days after at least two dozen people were killed when militants opened fire on mourners in a village near the town of Gulak in northeastern Adamawa state.

The Boko Haram Takfiri militant group has intensified its campaign of terror since President Muhammadu Buhari came to power in the African country in May 2015.

An estimated 20,000 people have been killed and more than 2.6 million others made homeless since the beginning of the Boko Haram bloody militancy in Nigeria in 2009.

The terror group has pledged allegiance to Daesh Takfiri terrorists, who are mainly wreaking havoc in Syria and Iraq.

Boko Haram has spread its attacks from northeastern Nigeria, its traditional stronghold, to the neighboring countries of Chad, Niger and Cameroon. Regional countries have created a joint military force in helping Nigeria fight the terrorist group.


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