Jihadists execute 26 women for being witches

Boko Haram militants have slaughtered a group of women in Nigeria they deemed “witches”.

Last week, around 40 women were held in a village near Gwoza town in Borno State on the orders of jihadist commander Ali Guyile whose children suddenly died overnight.

Relatives, residents and a woman who escaped told AFP that the commander had accused the women of causing the children’s deaths through witchcraft.

Mr Guyile, 35, ordered his men to arrest the women from homes known to practice witchcraft, said Talkwe Linbe, one of the accused women.

Linbe said she managed to escape and fled to the regional capital Maiduguri after the killing of 14 women on Thursday.