Rebels attack villages in northern Nigeria, killing 10

MAIDUGURI, NIGERIA (AP) — Attacks by gunmen suspected to be from Nigeria’s Boko Haram extremist rebels have killed at least 10 people in Borno state in northern Nigeria, according to local residents.

The attackers hit four villages, according to the Borno state government which confirmed the attacks but put the casualty figure at three dead.

However, residents said at least 10 people were killed.

The first attack was on the town of Azare, where insurgents hit government offices and burned down a police station. Heavy gunfire was heard as soldiers fought the attackers. A soldier, officer and a local self-defence fighter were killed in Azare, residents said.

Another attack was on Shaffa, said resident Ibrahim Buba, who said he spent the night hiding in the nearby bush area.

He said his uncle, a friend, and five others were killed in the attack.

The attackers targetted schools, shops and places of worship in four villages, according to a statement by the governor’s spokesman Isa Gusau.