ICC Note: According to reports, at least six individuals have died in Boko Haram’s latest attack on the city of Maiduguri, Nigeria. The extreme Islamist group Boko Haram, who has claimed affiliation with ISIS, has been attempting to establish an Islamist state according to sharia law in Nigeria since 2009.
08/12/2015 Nigeria (Reuters) – At least six people have been killed during a raid by Boko Haram militants outside Nigeria’s northeastern city Maiduguri in Borno state, a police officer said on Wednesday.
A Cameroonian soldier has also died during a cross-border incursion from neighboring Nigeria by Boko Haram militants, a senior Cameroonian military source said.
In the fighting near Maiduguri, the militants entered Bale Mamman village to rustle livestock on Tuesday evening, police chief Aderemi Opadokun said. “Before the arrival of troops, six persons were shot dead,” he said.
A military and a vigilante source said eight people had been killed and four women abducted during fighting that lasted about three hours.
Also on Wednesday, a senior Cameroonian military source said Boko Haram had killed a soldier from Cameroon in a cross-border incursion from Nigeria.
The battle took place in Achigachia in Cameroon’s Far North region on Tuesday, said the source, who estimated the attackers may have lost around 20 men in the firefight.
“They attacked on two fronts at around 2.30 a.m. (9.30 a.m. EDT),” said the source. “During the battle we lost a chief sergeant. Also, a lieutenant was wounded in the arm,”
Chad, Cameroon, Nigeria and Niger launched a regional offensive this year that forced Boko Haram from several towns it held in Borno state, the birthplace of the jihadi group and a frequent target of raids and suicide bombers.