The Islamist militant movement Boko Haram attacked a village near Chibok in northeastern Nigeria, killing 10 people and abducting 13 women at the weekend, the west African nation’s military said.
The militia were targeting over 890 herdsmen and 5,000 livestock rescued from the group’s captivity along the Nigerian-Cameroonian border and also attacked a military base on the fringes of Sambisa forest, army spokesman Sani Kukasheka Usman said.
“The troops killed several of them including two senior commanders that led the attack,” Usman said in an e-mailed statement.
Nigeria’s military said it may have killed Abubakar Shekau, the disputed leader of the Boko Haram, during an air strike on the Sambisa forest in the northeastern state of Borno on Aug. 19. The Nigerian authorities have reported Shekau’s probable death at least twice before, including in 2014 and 2013.
Shekau took over the militant group in 2009, when it began an insurgency that has killed tens of thousands of people in a bid to impose its version of Islamic law on Africa’s most populous nation.