Three local militia fighters and 11 Boko Haram militants have been killed in a clash in a village in northeastern Nigeria, a local resident and a member of the militia fighting alongside the army said on Tuesday.
“On Monday afternoon around 2:00 pm (1300 GMT), Boko Haram gunmen on motorcycles attacked our village,” said Markus Yohana, a local militia member fighting the Islamists in Dille in Borno State, northeastern Nigeria.
“They killed three vigilantes and seized a car,” he said, adding that soldiers ambushed the raiders as they tried to flee, killing 11,” he said.
Another local, Bitrus Damina, confirmed the incident. “Soldiers went after them and killed 11 of them in the bush,” Damina said.
Boko Haram attacks have intensified since Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari was sworn in in May. Buhari has been visiting neighbouring countries to liaise with their leaders on the fight against the insurgent group. He is set to visit Cameroon on Wednesday for the first time since he was sworn in, as well as Benin starting Saturday. He has already visited Chad and Niger, which have also been suffered from Boko Haram attacks.