World Bulletin / News Desk
At least 15 people were killed and several others injured when suspected Boko Haram rebels stormed a village in the Nigeria's northeast Borno State, while four were killed in ethno-religious clashes in Taraba, another northeastern state.
"We buried 15 people," Yusuf Dogo, a local resident of Daku village in Borno's Askira Uba local council, told Anadolu Agency by phone on Monday morning.
He said suspected Boko Haram militants had invaded their village on Sunday.
"As usual they came, more than 20 of them riding Hilux van and motorcycles, shooting at everyone in sight," said Dogo, who had survived the attack.
"They threw petrol bombs at our homes and properties," he added.
"They also stole our food. The reason they gave was because our people no longer pay them money or volunteer information to them," said Dogo who has fled to Maiduguri, Borno's provincial capital.
"They said we must pay," he added.
Sani Askira, another local from the same village, corroborated Dogo's narrative.
"Boko Haram is killing our people for not cooperating with them," he told AA.
"We need protection from the government," said Askira. "Nobody is safe anymore."
Neither police nor the military has spoken on the incident which locals said occurred Sunday morning in the southern part of the restive state.
Boko Haram, which means "Western education is forbidden" in Nigeria's local Hausa language, first emerged in the early 2000s preaching against government misrule and corruption.
The group later became violent, however, after the death of its leader in 2009 while in police custody.
In the five years since, the shadowy sect has been blamed for numerous attacks – on places of worship and government institutions – and thousands of deaths.
The Daku violence occurred almost simultaneously with an ethno-religious clash in Wukari village of Taraba, another northeastern state soaked in varying degrees of violence in the past months.
"I can confirm that we recovered four dead bodies following the sporadic shooting that ensued after some persons set ablaze two kiosks in Sabon-Gari - a Muslim Hausa-Fulani dominated area in Wukari," police spokesman Joseph Kwaji told AA Monday morning.
The Hausa-Fulani community had long lived in Taraba alongside the Jukun and Tiv people who are in majority and largely Christians or animists.
Violence among these people are blamed basically on political rivalry and misunderstanding over grazing lands.
While the Jukun and the Tivs are mainly farmers, the Hausa Fulanis are nomadic herdsmen.Last Mod: 16 Haziran 2014, 10:13