Boko Haram Friday evening attacked Kimba in Biu local government in Borno killing 16 persons including children and abducted six others as the insurgents set many houses and shops ablaze in the Christmas Day attack, vigilantes said on Saturday.

“The gunmen killed 16 people and burnt the whole village before they fled,” Mustapha Karimbe, a civilian assisting the military in fighting Boko Haram, told AFP.

Not a single house was spared in the arson,” another vigilante, Musa Suleiman, said after visiting the razed village.”

The attack comes just days before President Buhari’s self-imposed deadline to stamp out the group expires on December 31.

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