After remaining silent for several weeks, Boko Haram has killed 5 people living in northern Nigeria. These 5 victims were beheaded in their homes after militants suspected to be working with Boko Haram broke in. Boko Haram has killed more that 3,000 people since it started its armed insurgency in 2009. Many Christians continue to fear that Boko Haram will be successful in creating a purely Islamic state in northern Nigeria.
1/23/2012 Nigeria (BBCNews) - Suspected militant Islamists have beheaded five people in Nigeria's north-eastern city of Maiduguri, a resident has told the BBC.
The men were attacked during raids on three homes overnight, he said in an account confirmed by a local reporter.
However, the military told the BBC only three people had been killed.
At least 23 others have been killed in separate attacks in the north this week blamed on militants wanting to impose Islamic law on Nigeria.
The insurgency was launched by Boko Haram in Maiduguri in 2009, but a second militant group, Ansaru, emerged last year.
Last month, suspected militants slit the throats of at least 15 Christians near Maiduguri.
In the latest attack, the assailants beheaded a father and son at their home, before beheading three other men at three other homes in Maiduguri, said a resident, who spoke to the BBC Hausa service on condition of anonymity.
It is unclear who carried out the attacks or what their motives were, but there are strong suspicions that Boko Haram was involved, the resident said.
“Two gunmen lost their lives and a soldier was wounded during an exchange of fire”
A Maiduguri-based journalist confirmed the resident's account to the BBC.
But army spokesman Lt-Col Sagir Musa said suspected gunmen killed three people during the attack.