Jihadists affiliated to the Islamic State group killed 17 folks in a raid on a distant village in northeast Nigeria after villagers refused to pay a bootleg tax, anti-jihadist militia and a resident advised AFP Tuesday.
Scores of fighters from Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) stormed the distant farming and herding village of Kayayya in Yobe State late on Monday, 150 kilometres from the state capital Damaturu, hurling explosives and opening hearth, the sources stated.
“The terrorists attacked the village round 8:00 pm (1900 GMT) with explosives and weapons whereas the residents had been chatting away the evening,” stated Gremah Bukar, a militia member who assists the army combating the jihadists.
“They then opened hearth on these residents who tried to flee. They killed 17 folks and injured 5 others,” Bukar stated.
Based on a Yobe state police report, 20 folks had been killed and components of the village razed earlier than the militants fled. A Yobe state safety official didn’t instantly reply to a request for affirmation.
The assault was in response to the villagers’ refusal to pay jihadists a tax they demanded on cattle, Abubakar Adamu, stated one other militia member who gave the identical toll.
Militants and armed teams in distant components of Nigeria typically demand “taxes” on communities as a solution to train management and lift funds.
Babagana Kyari, a resident of Geidam city, stated the 5 injured within the Kayayya assault had been taken to the final hospital within the city for medical consideration.
“One of many injured victims stated the ISWAP insurgents attacked the village as a result of they advised them they might not pay the cattle levy they imposed on the village,” stated Kyari who visited the injured on the hospital.
A Yobe state police report stated 20 folks had been killed and that components of the village had been razed earlier than the militants fled.
Over the past two years, jihadists have carried out assaults past their stronghold in northeast Borno State, the guts of the nation’s 14-year-long Islamist militant battle.
Yobe, Borno state’s speedy neighbour, has additionally borne the brunt of the jihadist violence, together with lethal raids on villages, army bases, faculties and markets, in addition to mass abductions.
In April final 12 months, ISWAP jihadists killed 11 folks in assaults on bars and a technical faculty in Geidam, days after six folks had been killed and 16 injured in an explosion concentrating on one other bar in northeastern Taraba state.
On Wednesday ISWAP claimed accountability for an explosion at a bar in northeast Taraba state the day earlier than which native police stated killed six folks and injured 16 others.
Nigeria’s jihadist battle has killed 40,000 folks and displaced round two million from their properties within the northeast because it erupted in 2009, in response to the UN.
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