#Nigeria: 23 dead in boko haram attack

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Boko Haram fighters on Saturday killed 23 people in an attack after a funeral ceremony in a village in northeastern Nigeria, according to concordant sources.

At around 1030 GMT , the insurgents, arriving on board three motorcycles, opened fire on a group of men returning from a nearby village where they had attended funerals in the Nganzai district, 90 km from the capital. regional Maiduguri.

“Our men found 23 bodies at the scene of the attack that took place this morning,” Bunu Bukar, a militiaman engaged in the fight against Boko Haram , told AFP .

A local Nganzai official, who was contacted by AFP on the phone , confirmed the incident and the report.

“I received calls that Boko Haram killed 23 people near Badu Kuluwu this morning,” the official said on condition of anonymity.

The bodies were found by militia and local hunters after survivors managed to reach their village to warn, according to a resident, Saleh Masida.

Boko Haram is active in this area where the group regularly attacks villages, looting food and burning houses.

In September, insurgents killed eight people and stole cattle in two villages in Nganzai District.

Boko Haram and the dissident branch affiliated with the Islamic State group, Iswap, have intensified attacks on civilians and the army in recent months.

On Thursday, members of Boko Haram attacked an IDP camp on the outskirts of Maiduguri, killing two people and looting food supplies after invading the nearby military base.

The conflict has left more than 27,000 dead and more than two million displaced in 10 years.

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