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    Boko Haram's fighters killed 15 people near the capital of Nigeria's embattled Borno State ahead of President Goodluck Jonathan's election campaign rally there.

    MOSCOW, January 24 (Sputnik) — Boko Haram fighters killed 15 villagers near the city of Maidiguri, in northwestern Nigeria ahead of President Goodluck Jonathan's election rally there, according to AFP.

    "The terrorists attacked Kambari village which is less than five kilometers to Maiduguri around 5:00 am. They killed 15 people and set the entire hamlet ablaze," A Nigerian official told AFP.

    President Jonathan addressed a campaign rally in the city, following the attacks, promising to stop Boko Haram and establishing peace in Borno State, Bloomberg reported.

    “I am promising the whole of you that we shall surely end this insurgency,” Jonathan said at the rally, according to the publication.

    Boko Haram is a militant group, which aims at establishing an Islamic state in northern Nigeria. Large swathes of land in Borno State, as well as in neighboring Adamawa and Yobe are believed to be under control of the Islamists. The Boko Haram insurgency has left over 13,000 people dead since 2009.

    The Nigerian army launched an operation against the group in 2013, but the effort has stalled, although a national security advisor told BBC the country doesn't believe that there is a need for help from UN or African Union troops.

    On January 4, Boko Haram militants captured the town of Baga in Borno State, reportedly killing hundreds. "The human carnage perpetrated by Boko Haram terrorists in Baga was enormous," Muhammad Abba Gava, a spokesman for a local defense group that fights militants, told the Associated Press. Reports emerged that approximately 2,000 people, mostly women, children and the elderly, were killed, according to Amnesty International. Nigerian military said that the assault on Baga left 150 people dead, according to Reuters.

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