MOSCOW, October 18 (RIA Novosti) - Boko Haram militants have attacked two Nigerian villages killing several people since agreeing to a ceasefire on Friday, The News Nigeria reported Saturday.
Boko Haram militants have launched two attacks on villages in the state of Borno, killing one person on Friday night in Abadom and some eight people on Saturday morning in Dzur, according to The News Nigeria.
A ceasefire between Boko Haram and the Nigerian Armed Forces was announced on Friday by Chief of the Defense Staff Marshal, Alex Badeh. The truce is aimed at acquiring the release of some 200 schoolgirls abducted by the group in April from a secondary school in Chibok.
Experts close to the conflict claim that a serious ceasefire agreement requires Abubakar Shekau, an Islamist leader of Boko Haram, or any other prominent figure from the militant group to take part in negotiations, according to The News Nigeria.
Boko Haram is an Islamic insurgent group that claims politics in northern Nigeria are under the control of biased Muslims. The group, whose name roughly translates to "western education is sinful," aims to establish a "pure" Islamic state ruled by Sharia law.