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Borno attack: ISWAP kills 59 civilians in Borno

The terrorist group connected to the Islamic State on Tuesday killed 59 people when they invaded a herding village in Borno State.

Insurgents from the Islamic State West Africa Province drove into a remote village in Gubio district around 2pm shooting at residents.

Anti jihadist leader, Babakura kolo confirmed that Fifty nine bodies were found on the scene of the attack.

He said some of the villagers were shot while others were crushed under the wheels of their armoured vehicle.

A local leader in the village said the attack was said to be a revenge for the killing jihadist insurgents by local vigilante groups protecting the villager’s animals from being stolen by jihadists.

The local leader who has asked for his identity to be kept secret said they lost 59 kinsmen in a short amount of time.

Ibrahim Liman, a local militia, said the jihadist have been looting their food supplies especially their livestock, which has made the villagers form a militia force to put an end to the theft.

He said the vigilantes have been looking for the insurgents, killing some of the insurgents in a gunfight.

The town of Gubio, which is 80 kilometers away from the capital Maiduguri, has been repeatedly raided by the insurgents.

The continuous attack by the insurgents has made authorities to send more than a hundred vigilantes and local hunters to shield the town against invasions from ISWAP.

ISWAP is an insurgent group that broke out from Bokoharam back in 2016.

ISWAP has increased its attacks against the military for the past two years, relentlessly carrying out deadly attacks against military personnel.

Also, the group has also intensified its attack against civilians in recent months.

Since the beginning of the Bokoharam insurgency, 36,000 people have been killed and two million people have been displaced from their homes in the North East.

The violence has spread to neighbouring countries such as Chad, Cameroon, and Niger, which has made government within these countries including Nigeria to form a military coalition to put an end to the insurgency.

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