13 killed in Nigeria Boko Haram attacks

13 killed in Nigeria Boko Haram attacks
# 22 August 2013 04:07 (UTC +04:00)

Baku-APA. At least 13 people were killed by suspected Boko Haram insurgents in separate attacks in Nigeria's northern state of Borno, APA reports quoting Xinhua.

Boko Haram, whose member was apprehended at Gamboru/Ngala area of the state last week by the youth volunteers, stormed the town of Maiduguri Wednesday morning.

A member of Gwoza Emirate Council, who accompanied the Emir of Gwoza to Maiduguri to inform the state governor, said two policemen were killed in an attack on Gwoza Police Station at about 8:00 a.m. local time.

He said seven of the insurgents also died in the clash with policemen assisted by men of the Joint Task Force, who repelled the attack.

A security source also said the attack at Gamboru/Ngala occurred at about 2:00 a.m. on Wednesday.

Residents said the Boko Haram men attacked the town to avenge the arrest of one of their members by youth volunteers, civilian JTF from Maiduguri who came to launch the volunteer group at Gamboru-Ngala.

A resident said four people were killed when the insurgents opened fire into a house. Eight people sustained injuries from gunshots.

Gamboru/Ngala is a bustling community about 135 km east of Maiduguri, capital of Borno State. The town is also known as Boko Haram's stronghold.

The attack came after recent reports of the killing of several Boko Haram leaders.

The Nigerian military announced on Monday that the commander-in- chief of the sect, Abubakar Shekau, might have died in a recent fight with security operatives in Borno State.

Boko Haram, based in northeastern Nigeria, seeks to enshrine the Islamic sharia law in the Constitution, declaring war against Western education. Amid increasing casualties including women and children, President Goodluck Jonathan tried but failed to reach a ceasefire with the sect in April.

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