Suspected Islamist gunmen shot dead 12 people in two separate attacks on villages near Nigeria’s border with Niger, 3 others drowned in a river while fleeing, locals said Sunday.
According to the locals, the suspected Boko Haram insurgents on Thursday killed 7 people in Gashigar village, a fishing community in Borno state, close to the Nigerian border with neighbouring Niger.
The former deputy local government council chairman in the district, Talba Gashigar, said that the attack came four days after a similar one on two other neighbouring villages — Yawuma-ango and Jabulam — in which gunmen shot dead 5 people.
According to his words, most residents of Gashigar village had fled to Niger after the marauders arrived in a convoy of three vehicles and “countless motorcycles” and destroyed dozens of homes and shops.
Meanwhile police authorities in Maiduguri, comfirming the Gashigar village attack, provided no details.
Maiduguri is considered the spiritual home of Boko Haram, which wants to create an Islamic state in northern Nigeria and is deemed an international terrorist organisation by the United States.