Suspected members of Nigeria’s Islamist group Boko Haram shot dead more than 20 civilians when a vigilante group attacked them in the northern Borno state, a military spokesman said Sunday.
“The suspected sect members came armed and fired sporadic shots that killed over 20 innocent civilians,” Haruna Mohammed Sani, spokesman for the Multinational Joint Task Force said. The violence took place on Saturday in Dawashe village, the army lieutenant said.
He said men from the Civilian Joint Task Force, a vigilante group formed in Boko Haram’s bastion Maiduguri to combat the Islamist gunmen who have been terrorising the region for years, entered Dawashe to search for suspects.
Suspected Boko Haram members subsequently opened fire in the village killing 20 people, mostly fishermen and traders and injuring others.