LAGOS, Aug. 28 (Xinhua)
A total of six young vigilantes were killed Monday night as gunmen suspected to be members of Boko Haram insurgents made a sneak attack in a northeastern Nigerian village, local media reported Tuesday.
Four gunmen carried out the attack in
Damasak, a town sharing border with
Niger Republic and 187 km from
Maiduguri that is the capital of Borno
state and birthplace of the Boko Haram,
according to Nigerian online newspaper Daily Post.
An eye witness told Daily Post that the
victims, mostly traders from Maiduguri,
were shot dead after midnight in a house where whey passed the night. The victims, aged 20 to 36, are members of the vigilante group Civilian Joint Task
Force, which has confirmed the deaths. Mohammed Kariyama, a member of the
vigilante, told the newspaper that he and the victims went to Damasak together to trade in necklace, but he did not pass the night.
The attack also came less than two days
after at least 14 youth vigilantes were
killed by suspected members of Boko
Haram in the neighboring town of Bama, just 87 km from Maiduguri. The pro-government vigilante groups in Borno state are run by youth volunteers
and have been assisting the military
capturing Boko Haram insurgents in their neighborhoods since 2009.
Last Monday, the Nigerian military
announced that Boko Haram’s leader
Abubakar Shekau was killed during a gun battle with the government security
Boko Haram, based in northeastern
Nigeria, seeks to enshrine the Islamic
Sharia law into the constitution and
declares war against the Western
education. The Nigerian government tried in April to broker a ceasefire with the sect but failed.