Vigilante groups detain, kill suspected militants to stem attacks in north Nigeria

Vigilante groups detain, kill suspected militants to stem attacks in north Nigeria

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Abubakar Shekau, head of Boko Haram.

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Associated Press

Posted on May 14, 2014 at 5:05 PM

Updated Thursday, May 15 at 7:47 AM

BAUCHI, Nigeria (AP) — Residents and a security official in northern Nigeria say villagers in an area where Boko Haram (BOH'-koh hah-RAHM') operates have killed and detained scores of the extremist Islamic militants who were suspected of planning a fresh attack.

They tell The Associated Press that after learning of an impending attack, villagers ambushed two trucks carrying armed militants before dawn Tuesday morning. The security official says at least 10 militants were captured. It's not clear where they are being held.

Vigilante groups have been springing up in north Nigeria over the past year amid accusations the military is not acting fast enough against the Islamic extremists who are holding captive more than 270 schoolgirls.

A trader in the village says it's now "impossible" for the militants to successfully stage attacks there.

Boko Haram has killed more than 1,500 people in attacks across Nigeria this year.

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