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Jihadists kill 11 construction workers in northeastern Nigeria

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — Islamic State militants in West Africa have killed 11 construction workers in northeastern Nigeria, a local pro-government militia leader and an eyewitness told AFP.

The leader and witness said Islamic State fighters in West Africa opened fire on the workers as they were laying fiber-optic wires in the village of Wagirko, 150 km from Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state.

“The rebels came in the morning and opened fire on the workers, killing 11 and wounding many more,” local militia leader Mustafa Karimbi told AFP.

He said the victims were residents of the area who were hired by the telecommunications company.

Witness Bakr Madai said the jihadists “came” three times and ordered the workers to stop, considering what they were doing posed a threat to the organization.

“Our people are starving and wiring provides some of us with a good source of income, so we ignored the warning,” he said.

Boko Haram is active in northeastern Nigeria, where nearly a decade of jihadist attacks have killed 27,000 people and displaced nearly 2 million.

The group is split between two groups, the first loyal to the historic leader of Boko Haram Abu Bakr complaint, while the second declared loyalty to the Islamic State in West Africa and has intensified attacks since last year against soldiers.

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