Fri, 09 Jun 2023

LAGOS, May 25 (Xinhua) -- A Nigerian state governor confirmed on Wednesday scores of people were killed by extremist militants in their recent attack on a village in northeast Nigeria's Borno state.

Babagana Umara Zulum, governor of the restive state of Borno, said in a statement that scores of people were on Saturday ambushed and killed on their way to a deserted village in the Kala Balge local government area of the state by Boko Haram and the Islamic State's West Africa Province (ISWAP) militants.

The governor condemned the attack, saying the unfortunate killings "disturbed him at the weekend". He said the state government is waiting for a full report on the attack.

He added a team of soldiers has so far recovered the bodies of some of the victims, apparently tied and shot at close range.

The victims, according to the governor, were people engaged in gathering metal scraps for steel production. They were attacked while on their way to the village in search of metal materials.

Boko Haram has been collaborating with ISWAP to establish an Islamist state in northeast Nigeria. The terror groups have also extended their attacks to other countries in the Lake Chad Basin.

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