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Published On: Mon, Jun 23rd, 2014

Again, Boko Haram kills scores near Chibok

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Borno state Gov. Kashim Shettima, speaks to the Associated Press during an interview at the Government house in Maiduguri, Nigeria, Wednesday, Sept, 28. 2011. Security forces arrested a top commander of a radical Muslim sect who ordered killings in the northeastern city where the group's mosque once stood, bringing a new calm to the restive region, a governor said Wednesday. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)Gunmen suspected to be Boko Haram militants have again raided two villages in northeast Nigeria on Saturday where scores were killed.

Reports indicate that several residents were injured in the attacks on the two villages, Koronginim and Ntsiha near Chibok where over 200 schoolgirls were abducted on April 14.

This is the umpteenth attack on residents of villages near Chibok in recent times, since after the abduction of the over 200 schoolgirls.

An eyewitness for Koronginim was quoted in of the reports as saying, ‘The attackers are Boko Haram and they, over 20, came to Koronginim in two vehicles painted in army colour and they all carried different guns. They opened fire on people as soon as they arrived at about 7am.’

‘Many people just woke up while many were forced out of their houses.

People were fleeing into the nearby bushes when they saw the attackers but they were being pursued even into the bush.’

The source, who claimed he narrowly escaped being killed, added, ‘The insurgents razed the village and burnt all our livestock after killing many people.’

‘The insurgents surrounded the village. They attacked the village till about 12pm. We lost many people. They killed my childhood friend and my uncle. I fled the house, leaving only my mother,’ he said.

A hospital source said many of the injured persons were on admission at the Chibok General Hospital.

A resident of Chibok, in a telephone chat with journalists, lamented that his relations were among the victims. ‘Some of our relations at Koronginim and Ntsiha have been killed by Boko Haram today.’

A Christian priest Enoch Mark, a resident of the area, confirmed the attack. ‘We have picked up 10 corpses with bullet wounds,’ Enoch Mark told CNN, but did not rule out higher casulties.

Mark is a priest in nearby Chibok, where more than 200 schoolgirls were kidnapped and remain missing.

Mark said military jets dropped bombs on the attackers.

According to witness accounts, there could be more bodies, but Mark said people were waiting for ‘things to calm down’ in the villages of Tsaha and Kwaranglum before venturing into the area.

Another eyewitness who spoke to Reuters , said the gunmen who wore military uniform and drove in a convoy of sport utility and military vehicles, attacked the village.

The witness who declined to be identified said the gunmen screamed ‘Allahu Akbar’ just before they started shooting and killing the villagers.

‘Two of their leaders gave orders that they should shoot anyone on sight. I crawled into the nearby bush and fled from there,’ the witness said.

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