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Dozens killed as Nigeria Islamists ramp up attacks

Suspected Islamist insurgents killed 29 people in Nigeria's embattled northeast, an official said Monday, the latest carnage in a surge of violence that has left more than 100 dead this month alone. The latest attack on Sunday hit the town of Mafa in Boko Haram's historic stronghold of Borno state, which is witnessing one of the deadliest episodes of the group's nearly five-year-old rebellion. A security source in neighbouring Cameroon said Boko Haram gunmen crossed the border on Sunday and clashed with Cameroonian soldiers, leaving seven dead.

7 dead in Boko Haram attack in Cameroon: security source

Seven people were killed on Sunday when Boko Haram militants launched an assault in northern Cameroon, a Cameroonian security source said. "Boko Haram killed a (Cameroonian) soldier. Our soldiers killed six of their guys" and "captured" two others near the Nigerian border, said the source, who requested anonymity. A local Cameroonian NGO confirmed the assault and said there were "victims" without specifying the number. rek-cl/ric/lc

'Boko Haram attack' in northeast Nigeria kills 29

Suspected Islamist insurgents killed 29 people in Nigeria's embattled northeast, an official said Monday, the latest carnage in a surge of violence that has left more than 100 dead this month alone. The latest attack on Sunday hit the town of Mafa in Boko Haram's historic stronghold of Borno state, which is witnessing one of the deadliest episodes of the group's nearly five-year-old rebellion.

'Boko Haram attack' in northeast Nigeria kills 29

Suspected Islamist insurgents killed 29 people in Nigeria's embattled northeast, an official said Monday, the latest carnage in a surge of violence that has left more than 100 dead this month alone. The latest attack on Sunday hit the town of Mafa in Boko Haram's historic stronghold of Borno state, which is witnessing one of the deadliest episodes of the group's nearly five-year-old rebellion.

At least 74 dead in Boko Haram violence in Nigeria

At least 74 people were killed in attacks blamed on Boko Haram militants this weekend, taking the overall death toll this year beyond 300, with no apparent end in sight to the carnage. Nearly 250 people had lost their lives since the turn of the year, even before the latest attacks, which saw twin blasts rip through the capital of Borno state, Maiduguri and heavily armed gunmen then open fire on a nearby village.

Islamist attacks kill at leat 74 in Nigeria's north

At least 74 people have been killed in three weekend attacks in Nigeria's restive northeast, the epicentre of the Boko Haram insurgency that has claimed thousands of lives since 2009, police and residents said Sunday. French President Francois Hollande, who paid a two-day visit to Nigeria last week, issued a statement condemning "the terrorist attacks with the greatest possible rigour". The last two weeks have been particularly bloody in Africa's most populous country, with nearly 250 people killed in attacks blamed on Boko Haram before the three weekend attacks.

Twin blasts kill at least 35 in Nigeria

At least 35 people were killed following two explosions in a crowded neighbourhood of Nigeria's restless northeastern city of Maiduguri, a stronghold of Boko Haram Islamists, police said Sunday. "We are still counting. So far we have counted 35 bodies. Our men are still working with rescue workers at the scene," Borno state police commissioner Lawal Tanko told AFP. He did not give further details on the attack which occurred on Saturday in the city's Gomari district.

Bomb kills at least 10 in northeast Nigerian city: witnesses

By Lanre Ola MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (Reuters) - At least 10 people were killed on Saturday when a bomb exploded in the northeast Nigerian city of Maiduguri, witnesses said, in a region where the Islamist sect Boko Haram is pursuing a bloody insurgency. Boko Haram, whose fight for an Islamic state in northern Nigeria has killed thousands and made the group the biggest threat to security in Africa's top oil producer, is increasingly targeting the civilian population.

Nigerian Islamists kill 12 in village attacks: witnesses

By Imma Ande YOLA, Nigeria (Reuters) - Gunmen from Islamist sect Boko Haram shot dead at least 12 people during a four-hour siege on villages in northeast Nigeria overnight, two days after a deadly attack on a school, witnesses said on Thursday. Boko Haram, whose fight for an Islamic state in northern Nigeria has killed thousands and made them the biggest threat to security in Africa's top oil producer, is increasingly preying on the civilian population.

France ready to help Nigeria against Boko Haram

President Francois Hollande on Thursday said France stood shoulder-to-shoulder with Nigeria in its battle against Boko Haram, vowing to support its fight against Islamist militancy as it had done in Mali. Hours before Hollande's arrival in Abuja, hundreds of suspected militant fighters besieged a town in northeastern Adamawa state, destroying homes and businesses with heavy weaponry and explosives. At least two people were killed in the attack late Wednesday, which destroyed four banks, hundreds of shops, a police station and several government buildings.
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