Kano — Boko Haram jihadists have killed six people in separate attacks in northeast Nigeria, looting shops and burning homes, residents said on Tuesday. The latest attacks underline the threat to civilians in the region, with security high on the agenda as Nigerians prepare to elect a new president and parliament on February 16. On Monday, fighters loyal to factional leader Abubakar Shekau stormed the villages of Shuwa and Kirchina villages, in the Madagali area of Adamawa state. Madagali is in the north of Adamawa, near the border with neighbouring Borno state, which has been at the epicentre of the nine-year conflict. “They [Boko Haram] killed one person in Shuwa and two more in Kirchina,” Maina Ularamu, a community leader and former political administrator in the district, said. “The terrorists attacked Shuwa around 6.45pm, firing guns and RPGs [rocket-propelled grenades] and chased away the policemen in the town.” The insurgents stole vehicles, including a police van, and looted...

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