Boko Haram attacks Nigeria’s Gamboru, women slaughtered in Bama

The leader of the Islamist extremist group Boko Haram Abubakar Shekau (AFP Photo)

Maiduguri (Nigeria) (AFP) – Boko Haram militants killed 11 people in an attack on Gamboru in northeast Nigeria after the Islamists reportedly slaughtered dozens of women in nearby Bama, witnesses said Thursday.

Troops from Chad were credited last month with liberating Gamboru in Borno state from Boko Haram control but Chad’s withdrawal from Nigeria last week appeared to have left the town exposed.The latest violence underscored the challenges facing Nigeria as it heads towards March 28 general elections.

Despite claims of major victories over the Islamist rebels thanks to a joint offensive involving Chad, Cameroon and Niger, the threat posed by Boko Haram remains severe…