Attack in Nigeria, 19 dead

At least 19 people were killed Sunday in an attack on a village in northeastern Nigeria.

The attack is attributed to the group Boko Haram.

The attackers stormed the village of Mailari, in the Guzamala region of Borno State, around 2 am.

A survivor, quoted by the Reuters news agency, said he counted 19 people killed, including his younger brother. However, a humanitarian worker in a camp that received the survivors says there were 63 deaths.

According to witnesses, the attackers had been spotted in the village three days before their attack.

Residents had warned Nigerian troops stationed in the nearby town of Gudumbali, but no action was taken, according to them.

Humanitarians said hundreds of villagers from the area had fled to the Monguno IDP camp.

This attack is the latest blow to Nigeria’s efforts to defeat insurgents of the Islamist group Boko Haram.

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