16 June 2014

Nigeria: 15 Dead As Terrorists Attack Borno Marketplace

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Unknown gunmen

Abuja — SUSPECTED members of the Boko Haram sect have reportedly killed 15 people at a local market in Daku village of Askira/Uba Local Government Area.

They were alleged to have set several shops, houses and vehicles ablaze.

According to residents of the village, who spoke on condition of anonymity, the alleged terrorists, numbering over 20, were armed with AK47 rifles, improvised explosive devices and petrol bombs.

They invaded the market square on motorcycles and a Hilux Toyota vehicle at about 11am on Sunday and opened fire on traders.

The insurgents allegedly carted away food items and an unspecified amount of money.

The insurgents operated for about an hour, before fleeing towards the dreaded Sambisa forest.

Attempts to get official confirmation from both police and military sources were unsuccessful as their spokesmen could not be reached by phone.

Askira/Uba council shares boundaries with Biu, Chibok, Gwoza and Hawul council areas, and is southern part of Borno state, it is about 190 kilometres from Maiduguri, the state capital.

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