Rebels Kill 14 Youth Vigilantes in Northern Nigeria
    2013-08-27 08:08:48     Xinhua       Web Editor: Mao Yaqing

Authorities in Nigeria confirmed Monday that at least 14 youth vigilantes were killed by rebels in an attack on the northeastern Nigerian town of Bama.

Baba Shehu Gulumba, a local official of Bama, said the youths were on guard duty as the rebels, who disguised as security operatives, summoned them to a meeting and raided them on Sunday.

"When they had been lured away from their duty post, they were then attacked and killed," Gulumba said, adding that nine others were also injured in the raid.

The pro-government vigilante groups in Nigeria's Borno state, run by youth volunteers, have been assisting the military capturing Boko Haram insurgents who have launched many deadly attacks in their neighborhoods since 2009.

Bama, a border town between Nigeria and Cameroon, is located in Borno state, the center of insurgency.

The military announced a week ago that Boko Haram's leader Abubakar Shekau was killed during a gun battle with the government security forces.

Boko Haram, based in northeastern Nigeria, seeks to enshrine the Islamic sharia law into the constitution and declares war against the Western education. The Nigerian government tried in April to broker a ceasefire with the sect but failed.

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