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25 Civilians Killed, Caught Between Nigeria Gunmen Attacks and Reprisals

In attacks and reprisals between an Islamic militant group and vigilantes, at least 25 civilians were killed in Nigeria.


“A vigilante group says 25 people have been killed during an attack by the vigilantes and a reprisal by Islamic extremists in Nigeria’s northeast.

“These are the first major fatalities reported in the region since dozens of students were killed, some burned alive, earlier this month.

“Vigilante leader Aliko Musa said his group stormed villages over the weekend to hunt members of the banned Boko Haram terrorist organization. He said Boko Haram retaliated and that five vigilantes and 20 civilians — mostly fishermen and traders — were killed.”

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“Lieutenant Haruna Mohammed Sani, the force media coordinator, said the victims, who were mostly fishermen and traders, were still lying within the premises of the task force, receiving medical treatment.

“The Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) came to the rescue of victims affected by the Saturday attack, by giving them medical treatment in the headquarters field ambulance in Baga.

“Haruna said security operatives had already taken charge of the situation, as an armed group from MNJTF had been deployed to ensure the safety of lives and property in the area.”

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