MAIDUGURI, Nigeria - Nigerian Islamists killed 14
pro-government youth vigilantes in an attack on the northeastern town of Bama, a
local official who attended a mass funeral for the victims said on
Sunday's attack was one of a spate of deadly assaults by the Boko
Haram Islamist sect this month that raises doubts about whether a military
offensive against it since May can succeed.
Local vigilante groups run by
youth volunteers have been instrumental in helping the military capture Boko
Haram members, but they have also made them a target for the insurgents, drawing
civilians further into the conflict.
Alhaji Baba Shehu Gulumba, chairman
of Bama local council, told journalists in the nearest main city of Maiduguri
that insurgents disguised as soldiers lured the youths into a trap. Nine others