Jihadist attack kills 11 in northeast Nigeria

Kano, Nigeria: At least 11 civilians were killed Friday night in a northern Nigerian city overrun by jihadists affiliated with the Islamic State (EI), who were still present Saturday, local authorities and residents told AFP.

Combatants from the Islamic State in West Africa (Iswap) stormed the city of Geidam, in the state of Yobe, shortly before the Ramadan fasting period ended.

"We lost 11 people in the terrorist invasion, and the armed men are still in the city," a local official, Ali Kolo Kachalla, told AFP on Saturday.

Two residents interviewed by AFP over the phone confirm that ten civilians were killed in the bombing of two houses by a Nigerian army fighter jet deployed to combat jihadists.

It was not possible to verify this knowledge at the time.

The Nigerian army did not respond when contacted by AFP on Saturday afternoon.

According to residents, the insurgents have destroyed the majority of the city's pylônes of communication. They've even pillaged stores before torching them.

According to the residents, the jihadists were still in the city on Saturday and had been joined by reinforcements.

"They are still in the town, they are camping under trees, with some of them sleeping," said Kyari.

According to residents, Nigerian soldiers have blocked the road to the city's exit, causing panic among the residents, prompting some to take refuge in the brousse while others have taken boats to leave from the other side of the river.

"Our concitoyens want to leave the city, but the soldiers are preventing them from doing so without pursuing the insurgents, putting them in danger," M. Kachalla said.

Since the beginning of the Boko Haram insurgency in northern Nigeria in 2009, the conflict has resulted in nearly 36,000 deaths and two million displacements.

In 2016, the party disbanded, with the historical faction on one side and the Iswap, recognized by the Islamic State, on the other (EI).

With AFP inputs.

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