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Insecurity: Borno under attack as ISWAP Fighters kill 69 at Felo village



The Islamic State  of West Africa Province (ISWAP) on Tuesday killed 69 people in a raid on Felo village at Gabio district, in Borno State, local militia members and residents told AFP.

The IS-linked jihadist group ISWAP  mounted the attack on Felo village in Gubio district in the early afternoon, shooting sporadically at  fleeing residents and running them over with their vehicles.

According to an eyewitness in the report; “Fifty-nine bodies were recovered from the raid on the village,” anti-jihadist militia leader Babakura Kolo said.

“Some of them were shot and others were crushed under the wheels,” he added.

The attack is believed to be a reprisal for the killing of jihadist fighters by local vigilantes protecting the villagers’ herd from theft by the militants, a local leader in the village said.

“We have lost 59 kinsmen in such a short time,” said the local leader who asked not to be named for his personal safety.

The jihadists (ISWAP fighters) have been stealing livestock from the Borno village, prompting residents to form a militia force to end the theft, said another militiaman Ibrahim Liman, who gave the same toll.

The vigilantes have been “hunting for the insurgents” in the bushes, killing some of them in gunfights, Liman said.