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Gunmen kill 'many' in attack on Nigerian village: Witness

Published on Jun 21, 2014 11:44 PM

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (Reuters) - Suspected Islamist militants stormed a village in north-east Nigeria on Saturday, killing several people and torching houses near where more than 200 schoolgirls were kidnapped two months ago, a witness said.

Clad in military uniforms, the attackers raided the village of Koronginim in a convoy of sport utility and military vehicles, the witness told Reuters by telephone, asking not to be identified.

The attackers shouted "Allahu Akbar" (God is greatest) before opening fire and killing "many", the witness said. "Two of their leaders were giving orders that they should shoot anyone on sight... I crawled into the nearby bush and fled from there," the witness added.

Koronginim is in Nigeria's remote Borno state, the birthplace of a five-year-old insurgency by Boko Haram militants, who are bent on carving out an Islamist caliphate in Nigeria's largely Muslim north.

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