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Death Toll from Attack in Nigeria Rises to 69

ABUJA, Nigeria – The death toll from an attack by the West African Islamic State province (ISWAP) linked to the Islamic State group in a village in northeast Nigeria rose to 69, security sources and residents said on Wednesday.
Fighters believed to be from ISWAP faction shot and hit residents with vehicles in the assault on the remote village of Felo on Tuesday.
Sources told AFP that the death toll had risen from 59 after ten more bodies were discovered in the field around the herding community.
“They killed 69 people, and more scattered bodies were discovered in the open extension,” said a senior military official.
Ibrahim Liman, a member of a government-backed anti-jihadist militia, confirmed the given figure.
“The bodies were scattered over a large area as insurgents chased their victims, shot them, and crushed them with their vehicles,” he said.
A community leader, who commented on the condition of anonymity, said the attackers had shot down the 69 “men and boys” while they were guarding their livestock at a watering hole outside the village.
“The gunmen who surrounded them took our people by surprise,” said the leader.
“It is an open field with nowhere to hide. they couldn’t escape the vehicles.”
Local leaders previously said the attack was thought to be retaliation for the killing of jihadists by a community self-defense group formed to stop cattle theft.
Northeast Nigeria has been rocked by a decade-long insurgency that has left at least 36,000 dead and displaced some 2 million.
ISWAP is a fragmented faction that split from Boko Haram in 2016.
It has intensified attacks on the military in the past two years, repeatedly carrying out deadly attacks on soldiers.
In recent months there has been an increase in attacks on civilians attributed to the group.
The area where the latest attack took place, about 80 kilometers (50 miles) from the regional capital Maiduguri, has been the target of repeated attacks by jihadists.
In response, authorities sent more than 100 local militiamen and hunters to help defend against the assaults.
(Sahar News Monitoring Desk)

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