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Nigeria struck by new wave of Boko Haram atrocities

Nigerian president under pressure to act as string of bloody attacks hit northern towns, killing more than 160 people.

The spike in violence has sparked concern that earlier victories claimed by the armies of Nigeria, Niger, Chad and Cameroon against Boko Haram are being eroded [Reuters]
Boko Haram fighters have waged new attacks on a series of towns and villages, killing at least 160 people.

Early on Friday morning, at least 11 men were dragged from their homes in the village of Miringa by Boko Haram and shot for escaping forced conscription by their group, residents said.

In another set of attacks on Thursday, two girls wrapped with explosives blew themselves up at a crowded market and a military checkpoint in Malari, outside Maiduguri, killing at least 13 people.

The violence on Thursday and Friday morning came hours after Boko Haram fighters murdered around 145 worshippers in the town of Kukawa, just as they were preparing to break their fast.

Reacting to the series of attacks in the northeastern states, President Muhammadu Buhari said the violence highlighted the need “to form a more effective international coalition against insurgency and terrorism in Nigeria and neighbouring countries”.

 

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