Suspected members of the Islamist group Boko Haram killed seven people in an attack on a village in Borno State, northeastern Nigeria, a witness said.

The insurgents “shot some people in the village” of Budun Geri on Saturday night and abducted four women, Jamilu Shamsu, a resident who witnessed the killings, said by phone today. Isa Mohammed, a member of a local vigilante group that backs security forces fighting the insurgents, confirmed the attack on the phone from Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.

Nigerian security forces said Saturday soldiers rescued 14 children and six women as they cleared terrorist camps in Rigaga and Bama villages in Borno, which left “a number of terrorists” dead.

The Boko Haram insurgency, which aims to establish a strict version of Islamic law in Africa’s largest economy, has left thousands of people dead. Its cross-border attacks have drawn Cameroon, Niger and Chad into a regional military campaign.

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