Suspected Boko Haram fighters have killed at least 24 members of a vigilante group in north-eastern Nigeria, security officials say.
They say another 34 people are missing after the attack near the town of Monguno in Borno state. The officials said militants wearing army uniforms ambushed more than 100 vigilantes on Friday. Attacks have increased recently despite a massive military deployment to areas worst affected by Islamist militants. Nigeria’s army recently said it had killed Boko Haram’s leader Abubakar Shekau but this has not been confirmed.
The militants attacked the vigilante youths on the outskirts of Monguno, about 160km (100 miles) north-east of the state capital Maiduguri, where Boko Haram was formed in 2009.
The vigilante youths had been on a mission to capture Boko Haram militants in their camps when they were ambushed, the Sunday Tribune reports. They were ambushed by militants who “had disguised in military uniforms with three captured patrol vehicles of the security agencies”, sources told the paper.