At least 10 dead in Boko Haram raids in Nigeria

AFP-JIJI

At least 10 people were killed Saturday in raids by suspected Boko Haram gunmen on two villages near the town of Chibok where Islamists abducted more than 200 girls in April, residents and local leaders said.

Military fighter jets dropped bombs on the insurgents, halting the attacks after nine hours, said Enoch Mark, a Christian priest in Chibok, some 11 km from the attacked villages.

“We have picked up 10 corpses with bullet wounds” in the bush outside the villages of Kwaranglum and Tsaha, he said.

The gunmen dressed as soldiers stormed the villages early Saturday, razing them and shooting residents as they tried to flee, Mark said.

Smoke from the direction of the two villages could be seen from Chibok, said Mark, whose daughter and niece were among the schoolgirls abducted in Chibok on April 14. The abduction from their dormitory triggered global condemnation.

The gunmen, aboard all-terrain vehicles and motorcycles, arrived in Kwaranglum around 7 a.m., firing indiscriminately and torching homes, according to resident Daniel Haruna, who fled to Chibok.