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PostPosted: 24-12-2013 15:23    Post subject: Reply with quote

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-25505027

The UN says more than 1,200 people have been killed in Islamist-related violence since emergency rule began

At least 70 people are said to have died when Nigerian forces attacked those behind a raid on a barracks.

Fifty insurgents, 15 soldiers and five civilians died in the clashes as those who raided the barracks in Bama sought to flee to Cameroon, officials said.

Some 1,200 people have been killed since May, when a state of emergency was declared in the three states worst affected by attacks by Boko Haram.

The group wants to establish Islamic law in the region.

More than 20 vehicles carrying insurgents were destroyed during the latest clash, according to the statement from Maj-Gen Chris Olukolade.

He said air surveillance was used to track down those who attacked the barracks last week.

There has been no independent confirmation of the casualty figures and Boko Haram has not commented on Friday's raid on Bama.

The army used fighter jets during a fierce battle lasting several hours on Friday.

Several witnesses said that the families of soldiers were abducted during the attack, but this was denied by Gen Olukolade.

Residents said that women and children were among those killed in Bama barracks.
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Nigerian mosque attacked in Kano village of Kwankwaso
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Gunmen have attacked a mosque in the northern Nigerian state of Kano, killing three worshippers and wounding 12 others, police say.

The attackers sprayed bullets into the mosque in the home village of Kano governor Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso.

His elderly father was in the mosque, but escaped unhurt, witnesses said.

No group has said it carried out the raid. Islamist group Boko Haram has also staged several attacks in Kano, and elsewhere in northern Nigeria.

The run-up to elections in oil-rich Nigeria is often marred by violence between rival political groups.

Mr Kwankwaso was among five influential governors who defected from President Goodluck Jonathan's People's Democratic Party (PDP) to the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) in November.

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It is not clear if President Jonathan will seek re-election next year
Heshimu Suleiman, one of the governor's supporters, said the attack was politically motivated to punish Mr Kwankwaso for defecting, reports the AP news agency.

The PDP has not yet commented on the allegation.

In December, Nigeria's ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo said it would be "morally flawed" for Mr Jonathan to seek re-election next year.

He said Mr Jonathan had failed to tackle Nigeria's many problems, including corruption and an insurgency led by the militant Islamist group Boko Haram.

Mr Jonathan defended his record in government, but has not yet declared his candidature.
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And so it continues.

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Nigeria violence: Deadly bomb blast in Maiduguri
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-25732319

Boko Haram sent a message to journalists saying it was behind the attack

A car bomb has exploded in the north-eastern Nigerian city of Maiduguri, killing at least 17 people.

The Islamist group Boko Haram said it carried out the attack. A suspect has been arrested, the military says.

The bomb went off near a market, sending up a large plume of smoke. People were seen fleeing the scene covered in blood.

Boko Haram has been conducting a four-year campaign of violence to push for Islamic rule in northern Nigeria.

The immediate aftermath of Tuesday's blast was described as chaotic, with bodies on the ground and troops firing automatic weapons.

One witness told the BBC: "I heard a very loud explosion followed by several other explosions. After a while, I came out of my shop and saw many lifeless bodies lying on the floor."

A screen grab allegedly showing Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau (C) flanked by militants
Boko Haram has carried out many attacks as part of its push for Islamic rule
Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state, was considered the epicentre of activity by Boko Haram, which translates as "Western education is sin".

But members of the group were forced out of the city by a combination of security forces and a vigilante group known as civilian JTF following the imposition of emergency rule in May last year, BBC Hausa Editor Mansur Liman reports.

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This is the latest in a string of attacks attributed to Boko Haram. On Sunday, militants are reported to have attacked a market in the village of Kayamula, also in Borno state. Five traders were killed.

Boko Haram was also suspected of being behind an attack on 20 December on a military barracks in the town of Bama, south-east of Maiduguri.

The group carried out co-ordinated attacks on Maiduguri's air base and military barracks - also in December - causing extensive damage.

The state of emergency declared in May was imposed in Borno and the neighbouring states of Adamawa and Yobe.

United Nations figures suggest more than 1,200 people have been killed in Islamist-related violence since the state of emergency started.
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Could it be that this group is being used by others? To split Nigeria?

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-25916810

A Nigerian policeman patrols with Nigerian soldiers in the north of Borno state (file image)

A security offensive to combat Boko Haram's insurgency in north-eastern Nigeria has been unable to put a stop to the violence

Suspected Islamist militants have attacked two villages in north-eastern Nigeria, leaving 74 people dead, say police and witnesses.

Militants attacked Kawuri village in Borno state as a busy market was packing up on Sunday, setting off explosives and setting houses ablaze.

Witnesses said 52 people were killed in that attack, while 22 died in an attack on a church service in Waga Chakawa village, Adamawa state, on Sunday.

The attacks were blamed on Boko Haram.

The Islamist group - whose name means "Western education is forbidden" - is especially active in north-eastern Nigeria.

Borno and Adamawa are two of three north-eastern states - along with Yobe - put under emergency rule last May, as the military attempts to combat the insurgency.

'No house left standing'
Gunmen planted explosive devices around Kawuri village prior to the attack, said a witness and security official.

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They also killed civilians in their homes, dozens of which were set ablaze in the attack.

"No house was left standing," Ari Kolomi, who fled from the village to Maiduguri, the Borno state capital, some 70km (43 miles) away, told AP news agency.

"The gunmen were more than 50 [in number]; they were using explosives and heavy-sounding guns."

Mr Kolomi said he did not yet know if his relatives had survived the attack.

Earlier on Sunday in neighbouring Adamawa state, gunmen attacked a busy church service in Waga Chakawa village, an army spokesman said.

They set off bombs and fired into the congregation, killing 22 people, before burning houses and taking residents hostage during a four-hour siege, witnesses told Reuters news agency.

The army suspects Boko Haram of being behind both attacks.

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan sacked his military high command earlier this month.

No reason was given, but the move came amid concern that Boko Haram have been able to continue their bloody campaign despite the wide-ranging powers given to the military to tackle the insurgency last year.

Since the state of emergency was imposed in May, UN figures suggest more than 1,200 people have been killed in Islamist-related violence.
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Militants?Given their methods and aims, I think the term Terrorists is appropriate here.

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Nigeria militants kill dozens in Borno state attack
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-26152049

About 39 people are believed to have been killed in an attack by Islamist militants on a Nigerian town.

Local residents said the attack on Konduga, in the north-east Borno state, lasted several hours, beginning shortly before sundown on Tuesday night with the arrival of gunmen in 4x4 trucks.

A mosque and more than 1,000 homes were razed to the ground, residents said.

The region is a stronghold of the Boko Haram Islamist group that is waging an insurgency against the government.

Konduga is 35km (22 miles) from the Borno state capital of Maiduguri.

An Associated Press reporter counted at least three children among 39 bodies ready for burial on Wednesday.

Wailing farmers described the attack on the town of 13,000 to visiting Borno state governor Kashim Shettima.

A screenshot taken on 12 December 2013 from a video showing a man claiming to be the leader of Nigerian Islamist extremist group Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau
Borno is a stronghold of militant group Boko Haram, which is waging an insurgency against the government
Soldiers and police stationed there fled, they said. They asked why it took hours for the military to scramble an aircraft that strafed the attackers until they fled.

A man who fled to Maiduguri told the BBC they were in the market when they suddenly heard gunshots coming from all directions and were forced to sneak out of the town under cover of darkness.

Most survivors made their way to Maiduguri on foot. A Red Cross official in the city said all civilians had left Konduga by late Tuesday night.

The death toll has not yet been independently confirmed and a source at the Maiduguri Teaching Hospital said that the focus now was on saving the injured.

A spokesman for Col Muhammad Dole, of the Nigerian army, said the military was still awaiting full details of the attack.

Numerous villages in the area have been attacked, and hundreds killed, in recent months, despite Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states all being under emergency rule

Frustrated with their efforts to combat the rebellion, Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan replaced his top military brass on 16 January. The attack on Konduga is thought to have been the biggest in the restive region since those new appointments.

This picture taken in June 2013 shows Nigerian police, part of the joint forces in Borno state, prior to a patrol in Maiduguri
Nigeria's president is frustrated by the security forces' apparent lack of progress in defeating Boko Haram
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Nigeria's Boko Haram 'in village massacre'
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Nigerian soldiers patrol in the north of Borno state close to a Islamist extremist group Boko Haram former camp, file image from 2013

Northern Nigeria is under emergency rule, but attacks have intensified

Suspected Islamist militants have raided a Nigerian village and murdered dozens, according to witnesses.

The gunmen reportedly rounded up a group of men in Izge village and shot them, before going door-to-door and killing anyone they found.

Officials said they suspected the Boko Haram group was behind the attack.

Boko Haram, which claims to be fighting to create an Islamic state in northern Nigeria, is notorious for extreme violence and indiscriminate attacks.

More than 30 people were killed in the town of Konduga earlier this week in an attack blamed on Boko Haram.

Some witnesses estimated the number killed in Izge was as high as 90, while others said roughly 60 had died.

"All the dead bodies of the victims are still lying in the streets," resident Abubakar Usman told Reuters news agency.

"We fled without burying them, fearing the terrorists were still lurking in the bushes."

Other witnesses described how the attackers had arrived on Sunday morning in trucks and motorcycles.

They asked the men in the village to gather, and then they hacked and shot them to death.

Numerous villages in the area around Borno state capital Maiduguri have been attacked in recent months, despite the state being under emergency rule.

Frustrated with the army's efforts to combat the rebellion, President Goodluck Jonathan replaced his top military brass on 16 January.

If confirmed, the attack on Izge will be the biggest since those new appointments.

Boko Haram has killed many hundreds of Christians and Muslims since it launched a campaign of mass violence in 2009.
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Nigeria's Boko Haram crisis: Bama attack mars victory claims
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-26254480

Nigerian soldiers patrol in Nigeria (file photo)

North-eastern Nigeria is under emergency rule, but attacks have intensified

There are reports of a "massive" attack in northern Nigerian border town of Bama, a day after a presidential spokesman said the army was "winning the war" against Islamist militants.

Borno state senator Ahmed Zanna told the BBC the attack on Bama had lasted for five hours on Wednesday morning.

On Tuesday, spokesman Doyin Okupe said the military was "on top of the situation".

More than 245 people have been killed this year alone by suspected Islamists.

Several thousand have lost their lives since Boko Haram began its uprising in 2009.

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Mr Okupe's statement contradicted the comments of the governor of Borno state, where Boko Haram was founded.

Governor Kashim Shettima called for reinforcements and said the insurgents were "better armed and better motivated" than the security forces.

Details of what happened in Bama are still sketchy but residents have also contacted the BBC Hausa service to report the attack.

The town has been attacked several times in the past.

A state of emergency was declared in Borno and two neighbouring states last year, with thousands of extra troops sent to the region, but the attacks have continued.

The BBC's Wills Ross in Nigeria says the army has at times taken hours to respond to attacks, allowing the militants to kill, destroy homes, schools and mosques, and loot before retreating.

On Saturday, 106 people were killed in an attack on the village of Izghe.

After meeting President Goodluck Jonathan, Mr Shettima said that without reinforcements "it is absolutely impossible for us to defeat Boko Haram".

But this was denied by Mr Okupe, who said Nigeria's army was one of the best equipped in Africa.

"We state authoritatively without any fear or equivocation whatsoever that Nigeria is already winning the war against terror and the activities of the insurgents will be terminated within the shortest possible time."
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Bama attack mars victory claims


Wait they attacked Mars? That won't go well.

Mind you.....

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All very odd. The attackers often have time to destroy whole villages before retreating

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Nigeria Boko Haram crisis: Anger over second Izghe raid
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-26322224

Nigerian soldiers patrol in Nigeria (file photo)

North-eastern Nigeria is under emergency rule, but attacks have intensified

A Nigerian senator has expressed outrage over the security forces' failure to prevent a second attack on a town by suspected Islamist militants.

Gunmen believed to be from the Boko Haram group killed several residents and burnt down Izghe over the weekend.

A week earlier, 106 people were killed by gunmen in a raid on Izghe.

Borno state Senator Ali Ndume told the BBC it was clear that a state of emergency imposed by the government to end the insurgency was not working.

More than 500 people had been killed in Borno in the last two months, he said.

The state government has pledged to spend up to $2m (£1.2m) to help rebuild areas affected by the violence.

'Burnt everything'
President Goodluck Jonathan declared a state of emergency in three north-eastern states - Borno, Yobe and Adamawa - last year, giving the security forces extra-ordinary powers to fight Boko Haram.

Map of Nigeria
However, soldiers were in a "pathetic situation", and there was no sign of the army having taken extra-ordinary measures to end the violence, Mr Ndume said.

"The Nigerian army can deploy more troops, more equipment and be more committed to the execution of this emergency rule," he told the BBC.

The army had failed to deploy troops to Izghe after the first attack, opening the way for Boko Haram to re-enter the town, Mr Ndume said.

Many people had fled after the first attack, but some elderly residents were still staying there.

A resident in Izghe told the BBC that three women and a man were killed in the raid.

"They [the gunmen] came to the to the town and burnt everything. They burnt all the houses," he said, on condition of anonymity.

The government has repeatedly said it is winning the war against the militants, who are fighting to establish a strict Islamic state across northern Nigeria.

Boko Haram has killed thousands, including many Muslims and Christians, since it began its uprising in 2009.

Residents stand in front of destroyed properties and houses following an attack in Kawuri, January 28, 2014.

The attackers often have time to destroy whole villages before retreating
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They kill children and liberal Imams. They are a death cult.

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Nigeria school raid in Yobe state 'leaves dozens dead'
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-26338041

This screen grab taken on 25 September 2013 from a video distributed through an intermediary to local reporters and seen by AFP, shows a man claiming to be the leader of Nigerian Islamist extremist group Boko Haram Abubakar Shekau, flanked by armed men.

Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau (C) has appeared in several video recordings in recent months despite claims he had been killed by the military

Suspected Islamist militants from the Boko Haram group in north-eastern Nigeria have attacked a school and shot some students, the military has said.

Dozens of pupils are reported to have been killed. Police told Reuters that all the dead were boys and that some of the bodies "were burned to ashes".

The attack took place in troubled Yobe state, the military said.

Residents of the town of Buni Yadi said the attackers struck at night, slitting the throats of some students.

They said that others were shot.
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Teachers at the remote Federal Government College boarding school in Buni Yadi told the AP news agency that as many as 40 students had been killed in the assault which began early on Tuesday morning.

Hospital sources in Yobe told the BBC 29 corpses had been brought in following the attack.

The BBC's Isa Sanusi, from the Hausa service, says Boko Haram tends to attack schools that teach Nigeria's national curriculum which the militants consider to be Western.

The group follows an extremely strict version of Islam and its name means "Western education is sinful" in the northern Hausa language, he says.

Earlier this month the militants claimed responsibility for killing a prominent northern Nigerian Islamic scholar, Sheikh Mohammed Awwal Albani, because he said the group's actions were un-Islamic.

'Pursuit of the killers'
The military has confirmed that an attack took place on "student hostels" but says it cannot yet give further details.

Homes destroyed by Boko Haram militants in Bama, Borno State (February 2014)
Boko Haram have been accused of numerous attacks in northern Nigeria including one earlier this month in Borno state
"Details are still sketchy due to lack of telephone access, and it is still not clear how many students were affected in the attack," Yobe military spokesman Lazarus Eli told the AFP news agency.

"Our men are down there in pursuit of the killers," he said.

Boko Haram has frequently attacked schools in the past.

Scores of people were killed in two attacks last week. In one incident, militants destroyed a whole village and shot terrified residents as they tried to escape.

The failure of the army to destroy the militants has fuelled anger in the north-east, correspondents say.

Thousands of people have been killed since 2009, when Boko Haram launched its campaign to install Islamic law.

Tuesday's attack in Yobe is close to where suspected Boko Haram fighters killed more than 40 students last September.

The latest offensive ordered by President Goodluck Jonathan in May has been blamed for triggering reprisals by militants against civilians.

Addressing a news conference on Monday, the president defended the army's record, saying it had achieved some successes against Boko Haram and that the militants had been contained to a small area of north-east Nigeria close to the border with Cameroon.

He said that Nigeria was working with Cameroon to stop the militants from staging attacks in Nigeria and then escaping over the border.

The BBC's Will Ross in Nigeria says that Yobe has been relatively peaceful this year, unlike neighbouring Borno state where at least 250 people have been killed in a series of large scale attacks by the militants.

Our correspondent says that the latest killings show the scale of the task the military still faces.
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http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-26368183

The government has vowed to defeat the militants

Suspected militant Islamists have killed at least 37 people during an assault on a town and nearby villages in north-eastern Nigeria's Adamawa state, witnesses said.

Banks, shops and houses were also looted and burnt during the six-hour raid by militants armed with rocket-propelled grenades, they added.

Six of the militants were killed in a counter-offensive, the army said.

The Islamist group Boko Haram is waging an insurgency in Nigeria.

Thousands have been killed since the conflict started in 2009.

On Thursday, France's President Francois Hollande pledged support for Nigeria in its fight against Boko Haram.

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It is curious that under an emergency rule when security operatives are on red alert, this mayhem still persists”

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"Your struggle is our struggle," he said at a security conference in the capital, Abuja.

Witnesses told the BBC Hausa Service that the victims were shot dead, others had their throats slit or were burnt in their homes.

The attacks took place in the town of Michika, which has a population of several hundred thousand, and the villages of Shuwa and Kirchinga.

Nigeria's Senate President David Mark described the assault as an "open declaration of war", the Associated Press news agency reports.

"It is curious that under an emergency rule when security operatives are on red alert, this mayhem still persists," he is quoted as saying.

'Eliminate terrorism'
Residents told the BBC the security forces fled their posts because they were in no position to confront the heavily armed militants, who travelled in a convoy of pick-up trucks.

"Everyone has left the village. We've all run away into the bush," a resident of Shuwa told the BBC.

The remains of the burned out Federal Government College in Buni Yadi, Nigeria (25 February 2014)
Boko Haram has been blamed for a spate of attacks in recent weeks
"We think the military have responded and there were exchanges of fire," he added.

Nearly all the shops in Michika have been looted and destroyed, residents said.

A police station and three banks in the town were also raided, they added.

Boko Haram often targets such buildings to finance and arm its fighters, correspondents say.

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It has not commented on the latest attack.

It was blamed for killing at least 29 people in an attack on Monday night on a rural boarding school in Yobe state.

President Jonathan declared a state of emergency in Adamawa, Yobe and Borno states last year in an attempt to curb the insurgency.

His critics say the state of emergency has been ineffective, with Boko Haram stepping up attacks in the region.

Speaking at the security summit, Mr Jonathan called on countries to work together to eliminate "terrorism".

An act of terror against one nation was an act of terror against all nations, he said.

Regional leaders, including those of Niger and Senegal, are attending the summit.

It coincides with celebrations to mark Nigeria's centenary.

The West African state was formed following the amalgamation of the mainly Muslim north and Christian south during British colonial rule in 1914.
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Boko Haram does not have mass support, its difficult to see where it has any support. It has no fish to swim among. How are they getting away with this?

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People gathered on the spot after two explosions rocked in Maiduguri, north-eastern Nigeria, a region plagued by Islamist insurgency of Boko Haram.

There were two bombs within minutes of each other

Two explosions targeting a busy market in the town of Maiduguri in northeast Nigeria have left at least 50 people dead, the Red Cross says.

Hospital sources say many of the victims were children.

Maiduguri is the headquarters of a military force fighting against the Boko Haram Islamist group, which has stepped up its attacks in the area.

No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack on Saturday night.

It happened at a crowded market near the airport. The blasts were so powerful that buildings were reduced to rubble.

The bombs were hidden inside a truck full of wood and inside a saloon car. As people tried to rescue victims of the first blast, the second was detonated.

At the time of the explosions many people were crowded in a video hall in the area watching football. There was also a wedding taking place nearby.

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In a separate incident, eyewitnesses told the BBC that 20 people were killed in a government air strike in the village of Daglun on Friday.

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Military jets have been bombing the area for weeks as part of a campaign against the Boko Haram group.

An army spokesman told the Associated Press that he was unaware of the death of any civilians in an air strike.

President Jonathan declared a state of emergency in Adamawa, Yobe and Borno states last year in an attempt to curb the insurgency.

His critics say the state of emergency has been ineffective, with Boko Haram stepping up attacks in the region.

The group is thought to have killed at least 37 people during an assault on a town and nearby villages Adamawa state on Thursday.

It was also blamed for killing at least 29 people in an attack on Monday night on a rural boarding school in Yobe state.

Boko Haram has been conducting a four-year campaign of violence to push for Islamic rule in northern Nigeria.
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They are getting away with it because (a) nobody knows who they are and (b) because the Nigerian authorities haven't got their act together.
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Nigeria violence: Many die as militants destroy village
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-26408708

Site of a twin car bombing in Maiduguri, Nigeria, on 2 March, the day after the attack

A market area of Maiduguri was devastated by Saturday's twin bomb attack

Suspected militants have shot dead at least 39 people in an attack on a village in north-eastern Nigeria.

The attackers - believed to be from the Boko Haram group - destroyed the entire village of Mainok, about 50km (30 miles) west of the city of Maiduguri.

The incident took place late on Saturday, hours after two bomb blasts killed at least 50 people in Maiduguri.

Boko Haram has been conducting a four-year violent campaign to demand Islamic rule in northern Nigeria.

The morning after the latest attack, bodies were lying in front of the mosque waiting to be buried and buildings in Mainok were still on fire, the BBC's Will Ross reports from Lagos.

An eyewitness described how the attack unfolded: "They started shooting everywhere, they started burning all the houses in the village.

"I don't think that there is any house that is standing in the village and they have killed at least 39 people in the village.

"These people have guns - AK47, RPGs and so on and so forth, they can come and attack anybody and kill, including women and children, they kill everybody that can see them."

Earlier two bombs exploded in a densely populated area of Maiduguri - a city which Boko Haram has often targeted.

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The first bomb was concealed inside a truck full of wood. As people tried to rescue victims the second explosion occurred.

At the time many people were crowded in a video hall in the area watching football.

There was also a wedding nearby and many of the dead were children.

President Goodluck Jonathan declared a state of emergency in Adamawa, Yobe and Borno states last year in an attempt to curb the insurgency.

His critics say the move has been ineffective. Hardly a day goes by without reports of another deadly attack by militants, our correspondent says.
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http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-26418161

People gather on 2 March 2014 near a car which had exploded in the city of Maiduguri in northern Nigeria

Bombs exploded in Maiduguri within minutes of each other

Suspected militant Islamists have killed at least 29 people in an attack on a town in north-eastern Nigeria's Borno state, a lawmaker has said.

Government troops fled when the militants raided Mafa town on Sunday night, Ahmad Zannah added.

The attack brings to about 150 the number of people killed in Borno since Friday in attacks by the militants and the military, reports say.

The Islamist group Boko Haram is waging an insurgency in Nigeria.

President Goodluck Jonathan declared a state of emergency in Borno and two other states in May, giving the military extra powers to curb the four-year insurgency.

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When the attack took place, all of them ran away, along with the villagers”

Ahmad Zannah
Nigerian senator
However, Boko Haram has stepped up its violent campaign, with hardly a day going by without reports of a deadly attack by militants, says BBC Nigeria correspondent Will Ross.

Thousand of people have been killed in the conflict and hundreds of thousands have fled their homes.

'Air raid'
Mr Zannah, a senator from Borno state, told BBC Focus on Africa that Boko Haram had warned about a week earlier that it planned to attack Mafa.

Schools were shut and most residents fled to Maiduguri city, about 45km (28 miles) away, he said.

Military reinforcements were sent to Mafa, but soldiers still lacked the firepower or numerical strength to confront the militants, Mr Zannah added.

"When the attack took place, all of them ran away, along with the villagers. There was no resistance," he said.

People gathered on the spot after two explosions rocked in Maiduguri, north-eastern Nigeria, a region plagued by Islamist insurgency of Boko Haram.
Maiduguri, the birthplace of Boko Haram, has been badly affected by the conflict
Two policemen were killed by a bomb on Monday morning and fourteen soldiers were missing, Mr Zannah said.

On Saturday night, suspected Boko Haram fighters reportedly destroyed the entire village of Mainok, about 50km west of Maiduguri.

The militants attacked the village with assault rifles, rocket-propelled grenades and explosives, killing 47 people, residents said.

Earlier on Saturday, two bombs killed about 50 people in a densely populated area of Maiduguri - a city which Boko Haram has often targeted.

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Borno state senator Ali Ndume told BBC Hausa that about 20 people, many of them elderly, were killed when the army launched an air raid on Daglun village on Friday night.

However, the defence ministry denied the allegation.

"The reports are believed to be part of the design by those bent on discrediting the counter-terrorist mission," its spokesman Chris Olukoladehe is quoted by the AFP news agency as saying.

He said government forces had killed a number of Boko Haram fighters in an operation on Sunday evening, including those believed to have killed at least 29 people in an attack on a rural boarding school in Yobe state more than a week ago.

Boko Haram members suspected to have been involved in the bombings in Maiduguri have also been arrested, Mr Olukoladehe said, AFP reports.

Both the Nigerian army and Boko Haram have repeatedly been accused by rights groups of committing atrocities during the conflict in the region.
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