An attack carried out by jihadists affiliated with the Islamic State group left seventeen dead in a village in northeastern Nigeria whose residents had refused to pay them a tax, Agence France told Agence France on Tuesday, October 31. Press (AFP) an anti-jihadist militia and a villager.
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Numerous fighters from the Islamic State in West Africa (ISWAP) group stormed the isolated village of Kayayya, in Yobe State, 150 km from Damaturu, the state capital, these sources said. sources. “The terrorists attacked the village around 8 p.m. with explosives and firearms”said Gremah Bukar, a member of the army’s auxiliary militia. “They then opened fire on the residents who were trying to flee. They killed seventeen people and injured five others”continued Mr. Bukar.
The attack was carried out in retaliation for the villagers’ refusal to pay the jihadists a tax they demanded on livestock, said Abubakar Adamu, another member of the militia, who gave the same assessment. In remote areas of Nigeria, militias and armed groups sometimes demand “taxes” from communities to exercise control and raise funds.
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Over the past two years, jihadists have carried out attacks beyond their stronghold in northeastern Borno state. Yobe, Borno state’s immediate neighbor, has also borne the brunt of jihadist violence, including deadly raids on villages, military bases, schools and markets, as well as mass kidnappings. Clashes with jihadists in Nigeria have left at least 40,000 dead since 2009 and displaced around two million people in the northeast of the country.
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