Boko Haram raid on Nigeria village kills 11

  • 12/07/2015
Journalists and other goverment officials gather at the scene of a bomb blast in Nigeria (Reuters)
Journalists and other goverment officials gather at the scene of a bomb blast in Nigeria (Reuters)

Eleven people have been killed in a Boko Haram raid on a remote village in northeast Nigeria, residents and a civilian vigilante assisting the military against the Islamists have told AFP.

"We had just finished our evening prayers when Boko Haram gunmen invaded our village," said resident Kyari Sanda from Ngamdu, 100 kilometres south of the Borno state capital, Maiduguri.

"They opened fire instantly. We lost 11 people and now almost half our village was set ablaze. They took all of our supplies."

Danlami Ajaokuta, from the civilian militia force, confirmed the attack, which happened on Friday at about 8pm local time and is the latest in northeast Nigeria in recent weeks.

The attack - and a botched suicide bombing on a bus station in Maiduguri on Saturday morning - took the death toll from Boko Haram attacks in Nigeria to nearly 580 since May 29, according to AFP reporting.

Muhammadu Buhari was inaugurated as president on that day and has vowed to end the Islamist insurgency, which has left at least 15,000 dead and made more than 1.5 million people homeless since 2009.

AFP