Nigerian Villagers Kill Hundreds of Boko Haram Members

Frustrated locals take security into their own hands.

Posted: 05/16/2014 01:57 PM EDT
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The nation’s military has been accused of not doing enough to protect its citizens. 

Frustrated with the Nigerian military’s unsuccessful attempts to stem Boko Haram attacks, residents of three northeastern villages recently took matters of security into their own hands. This week, locals from the villages of Menari, Tsangayari and Garawa — all of which are in Kalabalge, the region where Boko Haram kidnapped nearly 300 schoolgirls last month — repelled attacks by the Islamic extremist group. 

Having stormed the three villages in dozens of all-terrain vans, motorcycles and armored tanks, Boko Haram fighters faced a fierce, prolonged fight in which more than 200 of the attackers were killed, according to residents and officials. CNN reports that the vigilante villagers also seized an armored tank, three all-terrain vans and 90 motorcycles from the attackers.

"The vigilante is a common phenomenon in Nigeria — it is not a new development," Mike Omeri, the director general of the National Orientation Agency, said. 

"They were able to do what they did because they had prior information that these people were coming to attack them at a particular time in the night and particular time of the day.”

This defeat of Boko Haram comes after another unsuccessful raid foiled by villagers in early April, residents said. 

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