Seven dead in attack on Chibok community in northeast Nigeria | United Nations News

Chibok first got here to the limelight when Boko Haram kidnapped greater than 200 schoolgirls from the group’s college in April 2014.

Insurgent fighters have killed not less than seven folks in an assault in northeast Borno State in Nigeria, witnesses have advised The Related Press.

The rebels attacked Kautukari village within the Chibok space of Borno on Tuesday night, residents mentioned on Wednesday. The assault occurred on the identical time that UN Secretary-Normal Antonio Guterres was within the state to fulfill with survivors of violence by the armed group Boko Haram.

The Chibok space is 115km (71 miles) from Maiduguri, the state capital, the place Guterres met with former fighters being reintegrated into society and 1000’s of individuals displaced by the armed teams.

Chibok first got here to the limelight when Boko Haram kidnapped greater than 200 schoolgirls from the group’s college in April 2014, resulting in the viral #BringBackOurGirls marketing campaign.

“They got here in giant quantity with superior firepower (and) took over the group,” mentioned Hassan Chibok, a group chief. Troops from a close-by army base have been deployed to repel the assault however “the injury had been accomplished,” Chibok mentioned, including that “casualties are as much as 10.”

One other resident, Yana Galang, mentioned not less than seven folks have been killed within the newest violence earlier than the Nigerian army intervened.

Nigerian police didn’t instantly reply to a request for affirmation of the assault.

Since 2009, Nigeria, Africa’s most populous nation, has been grappling with assaults within the northeast by armed teams like Boko Haram and its offshoot, the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP). The teams are preventing to determine Sharia legislation and to cease Western training.

Greater than 35,000 folks have died and hundreds of thousands have been displaced by the violence, in accordance with the UN Improvement Program.

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari mentioned earlier this week that the battle towards the teams is “approaching its conclusion”, citing continued army assaults and the mass defection of 1000’s of the fighters, a few of whom analysts say are laying down their arms due to infighting throughout the group.

The violence nevertheless continues in border communities and areas nearer to the Lake Chad area, the stronghold of the Islamic State-linked group, ISWAP.

“Issues are getting worse” in Kautukari village and adjourning areas nearer to the forest, mentioned group chief Chibok, saying the fighters’ presence close to the forest is a contributing issue.

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