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Boko Haram militants fatally shoot 18 women in Nigeria

Iran Press TV

Fri Jun 17, 2016 4:0PM

The Takfiri Boko Haram militants have shot and killed at least 18 women when they stormed a funeral in a village in Nigeria's troubled northeastern state of Adamawa.

Witnesses and local government officials said the attack was carried out at about 5:00 p.m. local time (1600 GMT) on Thursday in the village of Kuda near the Sambisa forest, where Boko Haram militants hide in far-flung camps to avoid the Nigerian military.

"They stormed our village on motorbikes and immediately opened fire on the people observing the wake," a witness, requesting anonymity, said.

The witness said at least 10 injured people were rushed to a health facility in the nearby town of Gulak.

Resident Moses Kwagh said people waited until three hours after the assault, and then recovered the bodies of 18 women, noting that some women from the village are still missing.

"When we said that Boko Haram is still in this place, some people sat in Abuja and claimed that there were no more Boko Haram [militants]. See what has happened now," Kwagh said.

Lawmaker Adamu Kamale, who represents the region in the house of representatives, said, "There was pandemonium during which many people scampered for their lives."

Emmanuel Tsamdu, another legislator, said, "I am yet to get the details on how it happened and the real number of people killed. I have sent hunters to go to the area and get me the details because people are afraid to go to the village."

The Takfiri terrorist group has killed and kidnapped a large number of civilians, including several women, over the past years.

On June 14, Boko Haram militants killed four people and kidnapped four women after rampaging through Kutuva village in the beleaguered northeastern state of Borno.

On April 14, 2014, Boko Haram terrorists kidnapped 276 girls from their secondary school in the northeastern town of Chibok in Borno. Fifty-seven of the girls managed to escape afterwards, but the fate of the remaining others is still largely unknown.

An estimated 20,000 people have been killed and more than two million others made homeless since the beginning of the bloody Boko Haram militancy in Nigeria in 2009.

Last year, Boko Haram pledged allegiance to the Takfiri Daesh terrorists.

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