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Borno: Scores killed in Boko Haram attack

Suspected Boko Haram gunmen opened fire on villagers and torched a number of buildings in a new attack in northeast Nigeria, witnesses said Monday.
Resident Ahmad Ali told AFP that roughly two dozen assailants stormed the village of Kwajaffa on Sunday evening and ordered residents out of their homes.
Residents thought the Islamist insurgents “were going to preach and leave”, but in fact they “opened fire on the crowd,” Ali said.
Ali said the death toll likely passed two dozen but no other eye witnesses could be reached immediately to confirm the figures.
“They then went on setting fire to homes, burning half of the village before they left,” he added.
Kwajaffa lies in the southern part of Borno state, one the regions hit hardest during Boko Haram’s deadly six-year uprising.
Details of attacks often take time to emerge, given the poor communications infrastructure in the embattled region.
Babagana Mustapha said a relative who fled the attack in Kwajaffa arrived at his home in southern Borno’s commercial hub of Biu, 35 kilometres (22 miles) from Kwajaffa, at 11:30 pm on Sunday.
This relative reported similar details concerning the attack, including a number of casualties, Mustapha told AFP.
Nigeria’s military – backed by forces from Chad, Niger and Cameroon – has claimed huge victories over Boko Haram in the northeast over the last two months, retaking a series of towns and villages previously under rebel control.
But experts have warned that hit-and-run attacks by the group could increase amid the added military pressure.
The Islamist militants killed seven people going to a market in southern Chad on Friday, and then set improvised landmines on the road close to the Nigerian border.


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