Boko Haram gunmen have killed seven people in a raid in northeast Nigeria, a local official and the police told AFP Tuesday, in the latest attack targeting remote communities.

The attack happened on Sunday evening in the town of Madagali, in the north of Adamawa state, which has been repeatedly targeted despite a military counter-offensive against the Islamist rebels.

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“They killed seven people and burnt 10 houses,” said the former chairman of the Madagali local government area, Maina Ularamu, who said soldiers pursued the attackers into the bush.

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“We are calling on the security agencies to launch a mission… to flush out the insurgents because they use the bush as their operational base from where they attack Madagali and its environs.”

Adamawa police spokesman Abubakar Othman confirmed Ularamu’s account and said two people were injured.

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Madagali and nearby towns and villages have been repeatedly hit by Boko Haram raids in recent months, as they are pushed out of their Sambisa Forest stronghold just across the border in Borno state.

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