More than 25 Nigerians killed by Boko Haram

At least 25 people killed by suspected Boko Haram militants during attacks on three communities in Borno state

At least 25 people have been killed by suspected Boko Haram militants during attacks on Monday afternoon and Tuesday morning in Nigeria's northeastern Borno state, Nigerian military and police sources said.

The village of Dille was attacked along with two smaller communities in the Askira/Uba local government area in the Borno state, the region was recently a target for severe attacks by Boko Haram militants.

Several fighters in a pick-up truck attacked the town of Dille around 1pm local time (1200 GMT), the sources said according to Reuters.

The attacks on the other two communities in the Askira/Uba area, about 250 km South of Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state came early on Tuesday, a police source told Reuters on condition of anonymity.   

“This month seven local government areas out of 27 were largely inaccessible because these lunatics called Boko Haram still move up and down the areas," the governor of Borno state, Kashim Shettima, said.

More than 600 people have been killed in Nigeria alone since President Muhammadu Buhari's inauguration at the end of May.

More than 13,000 people have been killed by Boko Haram’s six-year uprising and over 1 million people are displaced internally.

Nigeria’s new President Muhammadu Buhari vowed to eliminate Boko Haram after he was sworn in at the end of May. He has flown to the United States to meet with President Barack Obama to ask for increased US military assistance in fighting the militant group.

Boko Haram has been fighting a six-year insurgency being responsible for the deaths of over 30,000 civilians and security personnel, and causing about 1.5 million people to flee their homes, in a bid to establish a state of its own in northern Nigeria.

Boko Haram - which has announced its allegiance to ISIS - occupied an area the size of Belgium in Nigeria last year.

Nigeria’s former president Goodluck Jonathan was accused of dithering and incompetence in containing the armed insurgency, particularly after the kidnapping of more than 200 girls from a school in the town of Chibok in April last year.

Nigeria alongside military coalition partners of Niger, Chad and Cameroon has claimed successes in fighting Boko Haram since February, forcing the group’s fighters out of the territory it used to control.

TRTWorld and agencies