According to source about latest news in Nigeria, Boko Haram, shot dead more than 20 civilians when a vigilance group attacked them in Borno State, a military spokesman said on Sunday.
“The suspected sect members came armed and fired sporadic shots that killed over twenty innocent civilians”, Haruna Mohammed Sani, spokesman for the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF), said. READ(Funke Akindele has discovered new cherish again)
The violence took place on Saturday in Dawashe village, the army lieutenant said in a statement.
He said men from the Civilian Joint Task Force, a vigilance group formed in Boko Haram’s bastion, Maiduguri, to combat the Islamist gunmen who have been terrorising the region for years, entered Dawashe to search for suspects. READ(Ombatse cult group ban in Nasarawa State)
Suspected Boko Haram members subsequently opened fire in the village, the spokesman said, adding that the 20 victims were mostly fishermen and traders.
Sani said a dozen other civilians sustained gunshot wounds during the incident but provided no information on casualties among the belligerents.
The toll and circumstances of the incident could not immediately be verified independently.
The MNJTF, a joint military force set up in 1998 to combat border crimes, consists of troops from Nigeria, Chad and Niger.