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Boko Haram kill 24 in Adamawa

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Twenty-four people were killed when Boko Haram fighters opened fire on mourners near the town of Gulak in Adamawa state.

The attack happened in Kuda village at about 8:00 pm on Thursday “killing 24 people and injuring several others”, said Maina Ularamu, a former local government chairman in nearby Madagali.

Adamawa police spokesman Othman Abubakar, based in the state capital Yola, 255 kilometres (160 miles) away, confirmed the attack.

But he gave a lower death toll of 18 and said “many others were injured”.

Ularamu said the attack occurred during a “mourning celebration” to mark the death of a local community leader.

“They came on motorcycles and opened fire on the crowd, killing 24. Most of the victims were women. They looted food supplies and burnt homes and they left almost an hour later,” he told AFP.

“Gulak has been liberated from Boko Haram but the gunmen still live in villages nearby. They attack mostly to loot food supplies.

“Our people who fled their homes to escape Boko Haram attacks have been returning because they can’t live in the camps.

“But now they are facing threats from Boko Haram who launch nocturnal attacks.”

Boko Haram threatened to overrun Adamawa state in 2014, sweeping down from their Sambisa Forest stronghold which lies just across the border in Borno state to Mubi, 80 kilometres south of Gulak.

The rampage, which left bridges and homes destroyed on the only road south to Yola, forced tens of thousands of people from their homes to flee into camps and host communities in the state capital.

– Sporadic attacks –

Boko Haram was driven out of the state by a military counter-offensive that began in January 2015 and since there has been a relative calm despite sporadic attacks in the north of the state.

The last attack in Adamawa was on January 9, when seven people were killed and two others injured in a raid on Madagali.

Two female suicide bombers blew themselves up at a market in Madagali on December 28, killing 30, just days after President Muhammadu Buhari declared the Islamists “technically” defeated.

There has been a noticeable fall in attacks since the turn of the year and the military claims the Islamic State affiliate is severely weakened and pushed into border areas around Lake Chad.

But Thursday’s attack is an indication that the rebels, who want to create a hardline Islamic state in northeast Nigeria, are not routed, and still have the capacity to strike.

The army in late April began an assault on Sambisa Forest, which is believed to have pushed out remaining fighters.

On Tuesday, fighters attacked Kutuva village in the Damboa area of Borno state, on the other side of the former game reserve, killing four and kidnapping four women.

At least 20,000 people have been killed and more than 2.6 million people forced from their homes since the insurgency began in 2009.


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  1. What is the meaning of technical defeat?

  2. what ever may be the case one day they are no more

  3. I thought Boko Haram has been degraded and technically defeated. Everyday a Boko Haram leader is captured or killed by the Military and they are still capable of attacking Nigerians.

  4. We have already pray to almighty GOD, at the end either u surrender or nig. army will get u one by one,

  5. God will deliver ur nation from boko boko and Delta Avengers

  6. I think apc say boko haram has been defeated? Abi apc get another meaning of defeated we need the meaning if they has, APC is party fill with professors of lies and criminals.

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  10. Abeg who give them that name “BOKO”…………..?

  11. I tot they ve been fantastically defeated?

  12. chaiii , APC with there full of lie , buhari told us that bokoharm has defeated , tell me what happen now 24 was killed in Adamawa ,APC under my fit

  13. I thought Buhari hailers said one if the achievements of this administration is the DEFEAT of bokoharam?????????

  14. Lie lie mohemed Min of information what other lie do u have?