Boko Haram Militants Suspected of Killing 21 in Northern Nigeria

At least 21 people were killed by suspected Nigerian Islamist militants in a northeastern town early today, according to a local vigilante group member.

The number of dead may climb from the raid that started at 5 a.m. in Damboa in the northeastern state of Borno, Hassan Ibrahim said after he spoke to fellow members of a vigilante group in the town.

“My contacts in Damboa said they are still picking up and piling the corpses,” Ibrahim said in the state capital, Maiduguri. “The death toll could be very high.”

Nigerian security forces are struggling to contain a five-year rebellion by militant group Boko Haram, which has killed thousands in its campaign to impose Islamic law on Africa’s biggest oil producer.

Boko Haram, which is most active in Borno and two other northeastern states, has carried out bomb attacks in Nigeria’s capital, Abuja, and kidnapped more than 200 girls from a school in the northeastern town of Chibok in April. Most of them are still missing.

On July 5, military spokesman Chris Olukolade said the army killed 53 insurgents who attacked military positions in Damboa.

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