September 25, 2014 / 5:36 PM / 5 years ago

Boko Haram fighters kill 18 in northeast Nigeria: witnesses

MAIDUGURI Nigeria (Reuters) - Boko Haram militants on motorcycles have killed at least 18 people in an attack on the northeast Nigerian town of Shaffa, witnesses said on Thursday.

The attack late on Wednesday left bodies in the street, witness Amos Mshelia, who escaped by running into the surrounding bush and on to the nearby town of Biu, told Reuters by telephone.

“People ran out of their houses in fear, but unknown to many of us the insurgents were nearby and they were pursuing people, shooting as we were fleeing,” he said.

Reporting by Lanre Ola; Writing by Tim Cocks; Editing by Janet Lawrence

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