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30 October 2018

Attacks believed to be carried out by Boko Haram fighters kill 15 in northeastern Nigeria.

On 31 October 2018, suspected Boko Haram militants attacked the villages of Kofa and Bulabrin, as well as a camp for civilians displaced by fighting in Dalori village. According to Reuters, 15 people were killed by these attacks in the northeastern part of Nigeria.

Fighters, who residents and civilian militia believe were part of the Islamist Boko Haram insurgency, arrived at the villages late on 31 October in trucks. Babakukra Kolo, a civilian militia leader, said, “the terrorists attacked and completely burned Bulabrin and Kofa village and burned half the Dalori 2 IDP (internally displaced persons) camp.” In Kofa, five civilians died after their home was burned down. Mustapha Umar lost his mother, father, and three of his children in the fire and was unable to recover their bodies, as reported by CNN. Another resident of Kofa, Musa Goni, stated that the militants indiscriminately open fired as people fled. Troops and civilian militia guarding Dalori 2 engaged in a shootout with the fighters. However, the militia was forced to withdraw after being outgunned, according to Solomon Adamu, a member of the civilian militia.

The attacks occurred in Borno State, an area lying in the outskirts of Maiduguri. Maiduguri is a militarized city which serves as the heart of the government in northeastern Nigeria and as a headquarter for efforts against Boko Haram. Mamman Durkwa, the Deputy Governor of Borno State, visited the villages on 1 November to meet with families and community leaders impacted by the attacks. Although the Nigerian government has stated that Boko Haram is near defeat, fighting still occurs in and around Maiduguri and northern Nigeria. In this area, Boko Haram has killed over 20,000 people and displaced two million since 2009.




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