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Local officials say that Boko Haram killed at least 7 people in the Christmas Eve attack in Nigeria



Chibok Regional Secretary Kachara Usman told CNN on Friday: “Boko Haram attacked the village of Pemi, killing seven people and kidnapping seven others, including the pastor. “

He added: “They also burned down a church, a pharmacy and several houses.”

Pemi is about 20 kilometers away from Chibok, where Boko Haram kidnapped more than 200 female students six years ago.

A man who claimed to be one of the leaders of the Boko Haram organization Abubakar Shekao also said that the organization kidnapped more than 300 boys in the northwest of the country earlier this month, despite the fact that the governor Aminu Bello Aminu Bello Masari (Aminu Bello Masari) refuted this claim, saying that “local bandits”

; were responsible.

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Audu Chiwar, the former secretary of the Chibok community in Abuja, told CNN that he received a call from local residents on Thursday saying that gunmen opened fire on the village. Witnesses told Chiwar that several houses in the area and the Evangelical Church of the Brotherhood in Pemi village were burned down.

Several witnesses told CNN that they also heard gunfire and saw someone being shot.

According to witness Bomo Ishaku, an international Christian youth organization has been holding a parade in Pemi Village to celebrate Christmas.

Nkeki Mutah, chairman of the Chibok community in Abuja, told CNN that he believes that Pemi village is a specific target because it is a predominantly Christian community.

Mutah said: “Since 2018, Boko Haram has attacked Chibok, killing and kidnapping people almost every two weeks.”

“They want to eliminate Chibok from the surface of the earth.”


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