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Nigeria vigilantes kill eight 'militants' near where girls snatched

AFP , Tuesday 17 Jun 2014
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Nigerian vigilantes said on Tuesday they had killed eight suspected Boko Haram militants who attacked a village near Chibok, where more than 200 schoolgirls were kidnapped in April.

Adamsi Tar told AFP the suspected militants had attacked a village about 15 kilometres (10 miles) from Chibok in volatile northeastern Nigeria, burning several homes and looting food.

As the assailants tried to flee, vigilante members opened fire on them, killing eight. One was arrested and the rest fled, said Tar, the local leader of the vigilante group.

"The gunmen fired shots indiscriminately because they had no idea where the shooting was coming from. When they realised their response was futile they retreated," he said.

"Several homes and buildings in the village, including our office, were burnt along with our uniforms."

Boko Haram fighters kidnapped 276 girls from the remote town of Chibok on April 14, leading to global outrage. A total of 219 are still missing.

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