• Text size      
  • Send this article to a friend
  • Print this article

18 shot dead by Islamist gunmen

SUSPECTED Islamist gunmen opened fire on residents of a market town in north-east Nigeria, killing 18 people, a local government official said.

The attack late on Monday apparently targeted local hunters in Damboa who sell bush meat from animals such as monkeys and pigs, which strict Muslims are forbidden to eat, Alhaji Abba Ahmed said.

He added: "Gunmen suspected to be members of BH [Islamist sect Boko Haram] came to the town market and shot dead 13 local hunters on the spot while five others died from their injuries at the hospital" "

Northern Nigeria has suffered a surge in violence in the past week. Damboa is in the remote north-east, near the borders with Niger, Cameroon and Chad, the sect's heartland.

Boko Haram's members practice a strict Wahhabist version of Islam that sees anyone who disagrees with it as infidels.

Its fighters say they want to carve an Islamic state out of Nigeria, a country split evenly between Christians and Muslims. The insurgency is seen as the top security threat to Africa's leading energy producer.

Contextual targeting label: 
Block list

Commenting & Moderation

We moderate all comments on HeraldScotland on either a pre-moderated or post-moderated basis.
If you're a relatively new user then your comments will be reviewed before publication and if we know you well and trust you then your comments will be subject to moderation only if other users or the moderators believe you've broken the rules

Moderation is undertaken full-time 9am-6pm on weekdays, and on a part-time basis outwith those hours. Please be patient if your posts are not approved instantly.