Boko Haram insurgents launch attacks in northeast Nigeria

September 20, 2016
Nigeria's chief of defense staff Air Marshal Alex S. Badeh speaks during a demonstration calling on the government to rescue the kidnapped girls of the government secondary school in Chibok, in Abuja, Nigeria, in 2014.

BAUCHI, Nigeria (AP):

Boko Haram insurgents launched three attacks within hours in northeast Nigeria, beheading a village chief and his son, ambushing a convoy under military escort, and gunning down eight Christians returning from a Sunday church service, witnesses and the army spokesman said yesterday.

The Muslim extremist insurgents shot and killed six civilians and wounded three soldiers travelling in a convoy, army spokesman Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman said.

Extremists came to the village of Tallari before dawn yesterday, beheaded village chief Ba' Lawan and his son, and then set their homes and others on fire, spokesman Abbas Gavi of the Vigilante Group of Nigeria, a self-defence force, said. Then they opened fire on fleeing villagers, killing two people and injuring others, he said.

On Sunday, insurgents on motorbikes gunned down people returning home from a church in Kwamjilari village, killing eight, according to survivors who fled to the town of Chibok.

Tallari also is near Chibok, the town from which the extremists kidnapped nearly 300 schoolgirls in April 2014.

Dozens escaped on their own, but 217 girls remain missing.

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