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20 killed in Nigeria village attack

ABUJA: At least 20 residents of a remote village in Nigeria’s northeastern state of Borno were killed on Sunday when gunmen suspected to be members of Boko Haram launched an attack, shooting indiscriminately, a military source said on Monday.Casualties of the attack on Kamuyya Village of Biu local government area, located in the southern part of Borno, might increase as survivors continue to count their losses and villagers comb nearby bushes for more dead bodies, said the military source, a high-ranking officer who requested anonymity.He said the attackers stormed the village in an open van and opened fire on the villagers, mostly peasant farmers and petty traders. “It was a carefully planned attack which we had no inkling about. No one alerted us,” added the source.Two months ago, the village received a threat message from the Boko Haram which threatened to unleash terror on the community, noted the source. Security had been beefed up in the area to cripple further attacks, following Sunday’s deadly attack, the source said.On May 5, at least 200 people were killed in a similar attack in a border town in the same northern state, when Boko Haram fighters, dressed in military uniforms, attacked Gamboru, also a remote town located at the Nigeria-Cameroon border.Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country, is currently grappling with security challenges, one of which is the insurgency of Boko Haram, a sect which seeks to enforce the Islamic Sharia law in the constitution.

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