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BREAKING: Nigerian Residents Kill 200+ Boko Haram Fighters Who Tried Raiding Their Villages This Morning

Earlier today, the residents of three small villages in Nigeria took their security into their own hands. Facing more than 300 well-armed Boko Haram fighters, the villagers, poorly trained and ill-equipped, fought courageously, foiling the attack and killing upwards of 200 Boko Haram members.

In the month that has passed since Boko Haram kidnapped nearly 300 girls from a school in Chibok, Nigeria, the government has done little to protect members of other villages in the area. So the residents of the villages of Menari, Tsangayari and Garawa made sure that they would be ready in the event that Boko Haram attacked again.

The wreckage left behind by a recent Boko Haram attack on another village

One of the villagers who fought against the militants talked to Nigeria’s Premium Times after the attack, saying,

“We have told them (Boko Haram) that they cannot take their attacks to our village because, we have taken measures both security wise and spiritually to prevent them.”

In the wee hours of the morning, the Boko Haram force attacked Menari, where they killed 60 people. But news of the attack spread very quickly, and the villages of Tsangayari and Garawa were more than ready for the militants when they arrived.

The villager who spoke with the Premium Times continued,

“They wanted to attack us just the way they did in Bama, Konduga and Damboa, but we got the wind of it and all of us laid ambush for them; when they neared the village, we opened fire using our Dane duns, double barrel rifles and bows-and-arrows. Most of them who were shocked took to their heels, but many of them died, some that were injured have been caught alive and are with the security people as I am talking to you.”

Villagers celebrate their victory over Boko Haram

The villagers were able to seize 90 motorcycles (Boko Haram fighters’ vehicle of choice), three all-terrain vans and even an armored tank, as well as killing at least 200 of the militants. A relief worker in the area estimated that the number may actually be closer to 250.

Read more from Pulse.ng here and CNN here.

Woman Leading Protests Over Kidnapped Nigerian Schoolgirls Detained on Orders of President’s Wife

About three weeks ago (on the evening of April 14), the anti-western militant group Boko Haram (whose name literally means Western Education is sinful) stormed an all-girls boarding school in the Chibok region of Nigeria and kidnapped 234 female students.

A few days ago, a video surfaced in which Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau announced that he plans to sell off the girls as wives, saying:

“God instructed me to sell them, they are his properties and I will carry out his instruction.”

There was also a report last week that some of the girls were being sold as brides to their kidnappers for just $12 a piece.

Although Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathon has made speeches assuring that the government will find the girls, it doesn’t seem that much is actually being done, and Nigerians have very little confidence in the government finding the girls.

Last week, Naomi Mutah, a representative of the Chibok community from which the girls were taken, organized a protest outside of the NIgerian capital of Abuja. The protestors criticized the government for not doing enough to find the girls and fight Boko Haram.

Nigerian women protest the government’s lack of action in front of the capital in Abuja (Photo: Reuters)

Earlier today, the BBC reported that Nigeria’s First Lady Patience Jonathon called a meeting for those affected by the tragedy- the Chibok community sent Ms. Mutah to represent them. Following the meeting, Ms. Mutah was taken to a police station and detained.

The first lady is a very powerful political figure in Nigeria and apparently felt slighted that the mothers of the abducted girls had sent Ms. Mutah to the meeting.

President Goodluck Jonathon with his wife First Lady Patience Jonathon (Photo: Vanguard)

Pogo Bitrus, another community leader from Chibok, told the BBC that he had been to the police station where Mutah was reportedly being held, but found no written records of her being there. He said he hoped the first lady would soon, “realize her mistake.”

The AP talked to another community leader, Saratu Angus Ndirpaya, who was at the meetings. She said that the first lady had accused the activists of supporting Boko Haram, and had even accused them of completely fabricating the abductions to give the government a bad name.

Read more from the BBC here.