Suspected extremist attack kills 9 in northeastern Nigeria

Nigerian police and witnesses say an attack by believed Islamic extremist rebels has killed nine individuals in northeast Nigeria, among several deadly attacks today in the troubled regionBy HARUNA UMAR and CHINEDU ASADU Associated PressApril 21, 2022, 3:07 PM – 2 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleMAIDUGURI, Nigeria– An attack by thought Islamic extremist rebels has actually killed 9 individuals in northeast Nigeria, cops and witnesses stated Thursday, among a number of lethal attacks today in the struggling region.At least 15 individuals have been killed in attacks in northeast Nigeria this week.The presumed Boko Haram members stormed Geidam, a border town in Yobe State, and opened fire on homeowners, according to witnesses. Those eliminated include 2 females and a retired inspector of police, said Dungus Abdulkareem with the Yobe State Police Command.The militants came on foot and “began to shoot,” resident Babagana Umar told The Associated Press.”We all believed it was soldiers shooting till we started to hear people running and yelling,” Umar said. “They burned down a school before storming a local alcohol and relaxation joint (where) the terrorists contended some persons and after that tied others hands from behind and slit their throats.”No group has yet claimed duty for the Wednesday attack.The Islamic State group, nevertheless, claimed obligation for a surge in surrounding Taraba state that killed 6 individuals previously in the week. That attack targeted a “gathering of Christian disbelievers inside a congested bar” in Taraba, the group said.The group likewise said that its fighters killed five soldiers in a separate attack on an army post in Marte town in Borno State although the Nigerian army did not verify this.Security has been beefed up in locations struck by the attacks, police have said.Nigeria, Africas most populated nation with 206 million individuals, continues to grapple with a 10-year-old insurgency by Islamic extremists in the northeast brought out by Boko Haram and its offshoot, the Islamic State West Africa Province. The extremists are battling to establish Shariah law and to stop Western education.More than 35,000 have actually died and millions have been displaced by the violence, according to the U.N. Development Program.On Wednesday, Nigerian leader President Muhammadu Buhari slammed the insurgents who have forbidden western education in parts of Nigerias north where they operate.”God is justice. You cant yell and kill innocent individuals Allah Akbar (God is great). Its either you dont know that God at all, or you are just being foolish,” Buhari said. “To say Western education is unacceptable is extremely deceptive.”—— Asadu reported from Abuja, Nigeria. Maamoun Youssef contributed to this report from Cairo, Egypt.

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