17 People Killed In Northern Nigeria By Jihad Group Over Tax Payment

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No fewer than 17 people have been killed in a recent attack from a yet be identified jihad group in a village in north-eastern part of Nigeria after residents refused to pay them a tax.

A large number of fighters from the Islamic State in West Africa (ISWAP) group stormed the remote village of Kayayya in Yobe state, 150km from Damaturu, the state capital, the sources said.

“The terrorists attacked the village at around 20:00 (19:00 GMT) with explosives and firearms,” said Gremah Bukar, a member of the army’s auxiliary militia.

“They then opened fire on the residents who were trying to flee. They killed 17 people and wounded five others”, said Mr Bukar.

The attack was carried out in retaliation for the villagers’ refusal to pay the jihadists a tax they were demanding on livestock, said Abubakar Adamu, another militia member who gave the same death toll.