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Islamic extremist group Boko Haram reportedly killed 16 people, including children, in an attack last week in a Nigerian village, continuing their long history of massacres on Christmas Day.
Nigerian national newspaper THISDAY reported that terrorists raided the Kimba village in the Biu local government area, located in southern Borno State, which the rebels still control.
The militants invaded the village Friday evening, setting houses and shops on fire, and kidnapping six other people.
There was no immediate information on how many children were among the 16 dead.
AFP added that hundreds of Kimba residents fled to Biu nearby, where they were placed in a refugee camp that is already full of people who have fled Boko Haram.
“The gunmen killed 14 people and burned the whole village before they fled,” said Mustapha Karimbe, identified as a civilian who is helping the military in its campaign against Boko Haram.
“Not a single house was spared in the arson,” added Musa Suleiman, another vigilante.
Boko Haram has waged a war on the Nigerian government for almost six years now, killing over 20,000 people in its various village raids, shootings, and suicide bombings.
AFP / PIUS UTOMI EKPEI | Archival photo of a campaign signboad displayed by the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to show its readiness to defeat Boko Haram, on July 3, 2015.