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Dozens feared dead in Islamist attack in northeast Nigeria

Suspected Boko Haram Islamists have killed dozens of mostly Christian villagers in northeast Nigeria, an official and local villagers said Sunday. The attack took place in the mostly Christian village of Izghe in the troubled state of Borno, which has been under emergency rule since May last year in a bid to stop an Islamist rebellion that has claimed thousands of lives since 2009. "They killed many, many people in the attack late Saturday. From the latest information I have gathered, more than 60 people have been killed," local government official Maina Ularamu told AFP.

Gunmen kill dozens in northeast Nigeria: official, residents

Gunmen, suspected to be Boko Haram militants, have killed dozens of people, mostly Christians, in a village in northeast Nigeria, an official and residents said Sunday. "They killed many many people in the attack late Saturday. From the latest information I have gathered, more than 60 people have been killed," the local government chairman in the area, Maina Ularamu, told AFP. Ularamu, who spoke to AFP from the Nigerian capital Abuja, said the toll which he gathered from residents of the village of Izghe in troubled Borno state still had to be verified.

Boko Haram suspected after cleric killed in Nigeria

A Muslim cleric who had previously criticised Boko Haram has been shot dead with his wife and child in northern Nigeria, locals and his family said on Sunday. Unknown gunmen opened fire on Adam Albani's car at about 10:30 pm (2130 GMT) on Saturday in the city of Zaria, as he drove home from teaching a theology class. Suspicions will likely fall on Boko Haram for carrying out the shooting, as Albani, 54, had criticised the group and given his support to the Nigerian military campaign against them.

Death toll in northeast Nigeria attack rises to 85

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (Reuters) - An attack by suspected Islamist Boko Haram insurgents on a northeast Nigerian village on Monday killed 85 people, up from 40 previously reported, officials said on Tuesday. Boko Haram wants to impose sharia (Islamic law) on a country split roughly equally between Christians and Muslims. It has killed thousands over the past four and a half years and is considered the biggest security risk in Africa's top oil exporting state and second largest economy after South Africa.

At least 70 killed in Nigeria's attacks

More than 70 people were killed in two separate attacks in northeast Nigeria, police and state authorities said on Monday, with suspicions falling on the banned Islamist militant group Boko Haram. The attacks on Sunday -- one on a busy market in Borno state, killing 45, and the other in neighbouring Adamawa, which left at least 26 dead -- came just a week after a change of the guard at the top of Nigeria's military.

At least 45 dead in Nigeria market attack

At least 45 people were killed and 26 others wounded in a suspected Boko Haram attack on a weekly market in northeast Nigeria, police said on Monday. The attack in the restive state of Borno, and reports that 22 people were killed in a separate assault in neighbouring Adamawa, came just a week after Nigeria's new military chief vowed a swift end to the violence. "So far, we have 45 dead and 26 injured... but the figures could increase as our men are still in the village searching for more casualties," Borno state police commissioner Lawan Tanko told AFP.

Gunmen kill 22 in Nigeria church attack: witnesses

By Imma Ande YOLA, Nigeria (Reuters) - Attackers armed with guns and explosives killed 22 people at a busy church service in a northeast Nigerian village, witnesses said on Monday, in a region where Islamist sect Boko Haram is resisting a military crackdown. They set off bombs and fired into the congregation in the Catholic church in Waga Chakawa village in Adamawa state on Sunday morning, before burning houses and taking residents hostage during a four-hour siege, witnesses said.

Nigeria's Boko Haram kills 18 in village attacks: witnesses

By Ibrahim Mshelizza MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (Reuters) - Nigerian Islamists killed 18 people and burned dozens of houses in attacks on two villages in remote northeastern Borno state, witnesses said on Friday, despite a military offensive aimed at stemming violence in vulnerable rural regions. "Suddenly we heard gunshots in all directions and cries for help from women and children," said Wovi Pogu, nursing a gunshot wound from the attack on his village of Njaba in which 10 people were killed on Tuesday. Five others were wounded.

Nigerian Islamists kill 18, burn houses in northeast

By Ibrahim Mshelizza MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (Reuters) - Islamist militants stormed a village in remote northeast Nigeria on Monday, torching houses and spraying them with bullets in an attack that killed 18 people, witnesses said. The latest Boko Haram assault, on Sunday night, came hours before Nigeria's four top military chiefs handed over to fresh commanders in a ceremony on Monday.

Gunmen kill 12 in raids on Nigerian village, three drown

Suspected Islamist gunmen shot dead 12 people in two separate attacks on villages near Nigeria's border with Niger while three others drowned in a river while fleeing, locals said Sunday. The attackers, thought to be from the Boko Haram militant group, on Thursday shot dead seven people in Gashigar village, a fishing community in Borno state, close to the Nigerian border with neighbouring Niger, the locals said. Three others drowned in the river while fleeing from the night raid, they added.
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