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Boko Haram terrorists kill 13 people in Nigeria, Niger

Iran Press TV

Sat Jul 11, 2015 1:54AM

Nigeria-based Boko Haram Takfiri group has killed eight civilians in Nigeria and has slit the throats of five more in Niger, local sources say.

According to locals, gunmen shot down the civilians in Gamboru, an abandoned village in Nigeria's remote northeast, on Friday morning.

The victims had gone back to Gamboru after they had been told that "the town was safe for them.... While they were inspecting their homes, Boko Haram gunmen on a motorcycle opened fire on them killing five men and three women," said Babagana Bukar, a Nigerian originally from Gamboru who is now residing in Fotokol.

The far northern Cameroonian town of Fotokol, about 300 meters across a small river from Gamboru, is home to many residents who have fled the Boko Haram atrocities.

In another deadly incident, Boko Haram militants brutally killed five civilians near Bosso, a town located in southeastern Niger.

"Five employees of a Nigerien company had their throats slit yesterday evening in Dagaya, a village near Bosso," Bako Mamadou, the mayor of Bosso, told AFP on Friday, adding that the "circumstances" of the attack have not been known yet, though security measures had been implemented in the area.

According to a local radio, the victims, who were from the southeastern town of Diffa, were a carpenter, a driver and three construction workers.

Local officials say many young people from Diffa, situated in the heartland of the group's insurgency, have been recruited by Boko Haram for a payment of $500 per month.

The terrorist group has stepped up its attacks since Buhari, a former army general, came to power in late May. President Buhari has vowed to curb Boko Haram's militancy.

The militants have pledged allegiance to the ISIL Takfiri group, which is primarily operating inside Iraq and Syria.

Back in February, four nations of the Lake Chad Basin -- Chad, Cameroon, Niger, and Nigeria -- launched a campaign, together with a contingent from Benin, to confront the threat from Boko Haram militants in the region.

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