Nigerian village attack by extremists in army fatigues leaves 140 dead


At least 140 bodies have been recovered after an attack by suspected Islamist militants in north-east Nigeria, according to officials.

Two soldiers and three police officers also died, according to a soldier who spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity, during a visit on Thursday to the village of Benisheik by Borno state’s governor, Kashim Shettima.

Extremists, believed to be Boko Haram fighters, in military fatigues attacked in about 20 pickup trucks and two light tanks firing anti-aircraft guns that overwhelmed soldiers armed only with automatic rifles and rocket-propelled grenades, the soldier said. He claimed the soldiers led the attackers to the village.

Nigeria Army
Nigeria Army

“We had to retreat to our base to reinforce after running out of ammunition. We had to run for our lives,” said the private, who said he hid in a millet plantation. “But they followed us down and surrounded our base and began to shell our building. We couldn’t stand the heat of their superior firepower. We had to retreat into the village after they killed two of our soldiers and three policemen.”

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