Boko Haram kill 11 in Nigeria who `escaped forced conscription`: Residents

Suspected Boko Haram militants executed 11 men overnight Friday in northeastern Nigeria, dragging them out of their homes and shooting them for escaping forced conscription by the armed group, residents said.

AFP| Updated: Jul 03, 2015, 19:02 PM IST

Kano: Suspected Boko Haram militants killed 11 men overnight Friday in northeastern Nigeria, dragging them from their homes and shooting them for escaping forced conscription by their group, residents said.

"Boko Haram fighters killed 11 people in our village (Miringa) this morning. The men had fled Gwargware village in (neighbouring) Yobe state to seek refuge in our village after Boko Haram tried to force them to join their ranks," said resident Isa Mshelia.

Baballe Mohammed, another resident, said the gunmen came to the village around 1.30 am on Friday.

They "picked 13 men from selected homes and took them to the Eid prayer ground outside the village where they opened fire on them," he said, adding two managed to escape.

"The victims were well targeted because they were all residents of Gwargware village... who fled to Miringa some months ago to escape forced conscription by Boko Haram."

The attack comes after Boko Haram militants gunned down at least 145 people Wednesday in three Borno villages, shooting Muslim worshippers during the holy month of Ramadan in the bloodiest day of attacks since new President Muhammadu Buhari came to power.

A young female suicide bomber also killed 12 worshippers Thursday when she blew herself up in a mosque in a Borno village, said a witness and a vigilante aiding the military against Boko Haram.