BOKO Haram jihadists killed not less than 11 individuals, burnt a church and seized a priest throughout a stunning Christmas Eve assault in Nigeria.
Fanatics in vans and bikes stormed a predominantly Christian village in Borno state taking pictures “indiscriminately” and setting buildings on fireplace, a neighborhood militia chief mentioned.
Nigerian safety forces are on alert after the assaultCredit score: AFP or licensors
Boko Haram is led by Abubakar ShekauCredit score: Handout – Getty
The assault comes after ISIS-linked jihadis claimed accountability for kidnapping more than 300 boys from a college, one in every of whom made a coronary heart wrenching attraction for his captors’ calls for to be met.
Safety companies had in current days warned of an elevated threat of assault throughout the vacation season.
In lots of elements of Nigeria, communities have resorted to armed vigilantes or militias, who work alongside the military, for self-defence.
“The terrorists killed seven individuals, burnt 10 properties and looted meals provides that have been meant to be distributed to residents to have a good time Christmas,” mentioned militia chief Abwaku Kabu.
One of many boys just lately kidnapped with the Nigerian authorities to present the abductors need they need
The group has induced havoc in West and Central Africa
In 2014, the group sparked international outrage after the kidnap of 276 college ladies
Area people chief Ayuba Alamson added: “4 extra useless our bodies have been discovered within the close by bushes by search and rescue volunteers.
“This has moved the loss of life toll to 11.”
However the variety of useless might rise as villagers fled to the bush and a few persons are nonetheless unaccounted for.
The attackers who drove from the group’s close by Sambisa forest enclave additionally looted medical provides from a hospital earlier than setting it ablaze.
The kidnapped ladies have been compelled to transform to Islam and married off to jihadists
The village is positioned solely 12 miles from Chibok, the place Boko Haram kidnapped greater than 200 schoolgirls six years in the past.
The women have been compelled to transform to Islam and to marry Boko Haram jihadis with a reputed “bride worth” of £4.
After the most recent assault Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari mentioned his administration can be “unyielding in confronting the Boko Haram insurgency “.
Boko Haram sprung up in Nigeria’s northeast a few decade in the past and 36,000 individuals have been killed and round two million compelled from their properties in consequence.
Violence has unfold to neighbouring Niger, Chad and Cameroon, prompting regional international locations to kind a army coalition to combat the bloodthirsty jihadists.
Final month it was linked to a sickening assault by which 43 farmers and fisherman were savagely butchered and a few beheaded.
Boko Haram additionally sparked international outrage when Sky Information obtained footage which confirmed a scared teen girl who revealed she was paid 40 pence by Boko Haram to hold out a suicide bomb assault.
The astonishing video reveals the 14-year-old being interviewed by Nigerian cops who stopped her earlier than she might detonate her explosives.
Human rights teams have claimed the group has started using babies as suicide bombers.