Boko Haram insurgents have attacked Kambari village, killing 15 people in the village close to Maiduguri, the Borno state capital, which has seen a concentration of attacks in the Islamist group’s six-year insurgency and where President Goodluck Jonathan is set to visit on Saturday.
The killings near the embattled city took place Friday, eve of the president’s visit to launch is re-election campaign, security sources and residents said.
“The terrorists attacked Kambari village which is less than five kilometres to Maiduguri around 5:00 am. They killed 15 people and set the entire hamlet ablaze. After fruitless efforts to enter Maiduguri through Konduga without success, the terrorists took a different route and attacked Kambari,” a source said.
A woman from the village who simply gave her name as Kyallu said four of her children were among the dead.
“They killed four of my grown-up children when they attacked our village about the time for the morning prayers,” Kyallu, who is now in Maiduguri, told AFP.
“They shot my children dead without any prompting. I had to leave the village with my grandchildren because we have lost our houses,” she said.
“The insurgents also killed our village head. In fact, I counted 15 dead bodies,” she said.
Maiduguri and its environs in the volatile northeast have been repeatedly attacked by the extremists who began their deadly insurgency to impose Sharia in the mainly-Muslim north in 2009.
The latest attack came as Jonathan was due to launch his re-election campaign for the February 14 polls at a rally in Maiduguri. Security was beefed up ahead of the event with hundreds of armed police and sniffer dogs deployed at strategic areas.
The president visited Maiduguri on January 15, his first stop there since March 2013, a visit that was wrapped up in secrecy.
A previous trip to the restive region in May last year was cancelled at the last minute. He had planned to visit the remote Borno town of Chibok after Boko Haram militants kidnapped 276 girls from their school in a crime that shocked the world.
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