Fighters, suspected to be from the Islamist militant group Boko Haram, killed 11 people in an attack on a camp for internally displaced persons in the northern Nigerian border town of Banki near the border with Cameroon, a vigilante group said.
The militants used knives in the attack on the camp, which is situated about 130 kilometers (81 miles) from Bornoâ€™s capital, Maiduguri, on Thursday night, Abdu Salihu, a member of the vigilante group the Civilian Joint Task Force in the border town, said by phone on Saturday.
Soldiers near the camp were alerted and confronted the attackers. â€œThe fighters fled the camp after they saw soldiers approaching,â€ said Salisu Balami, another vigilante in the region.
President Muhammadu Buhari vowed last week to step up the fight against the group, which has waged an eight-year war to impose its version of Islamic law in Africaâ€™s most populous country, leaving tens of thousands of people dead and forcing millions to flee.