Suspected Islamists Kill 18 in Attack on Nigerian Town

Suspected Boko Haram insurgents killed 18 people in an attack on a town in northeastern Nigeria, a day after the Islamist group released a video denying it had agreed a truce with the government in Abuja.

Fighters armed with explosives stormed Uba, a town in Borno state about 800 kilometers (500 miles) from the capital, Hassan Ibrahim, a member of the pro-government militia, said by telephone yesterday.

Nigerian armed forces have intensified their ground operations and brought in air support, military spokesman Major General Chris Olukolade said in an e-mailed statement yesterday.

“The highly co-ordinated air bombardment is already yielding required results in the mission to repel the unwarranted attacks on citizens especially in Adamawa and Borno states,” he said.

Olukolade said the authorities are studying the video released on Oct. 31 of a man claiming to be Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau. The Nigerian army has repeatedly said that it killed Shekau. The man in the video mocked the idea of a cease-fire, and said the schoolgirls his fighters abducted in April have converted to Islam and married his insurgents.

Adamawa, one of three northeastern states to have been under emergency rule since May 2013, yesterday imposed a curfew from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., state government official Ibrahim Welye said in a statement.

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