At least 100 killed in Nigerian terror attacks

Feb. 16, 2014 at 11:32 PM
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ABUJA, Nigeria, Feb. 17 (UPI) -- Boko Haram militants attacked villages in Nigeria's Borno state during the weekend, killing at least 100 people, the government said.

The attacks in Izge, near the Cameroon Republic border, where 90 died Sunday, and Baga, a village near the Chad border, where 10 died Friday, doubled the number of deaths attributed to the Islamist terror group in the past week, the National Mirror reported Monday.

More than 100 attackers used improvised explosive devices and gas bomb to set fire to numerous houses, business and vehicles in Izge, the Nigerian tabloid said.

Borno Gov. Kashim Shettima acknowledged Boko Haram was pressing the advantage in the region, saying "the terrorists are much more motivated than the security operatives."

Mallam Ali Yakubu, said the gunmen, some wearing military camouflage, chanted Allahu Akbar (God is Great) and shot people on sight.

"As I am talking to you now, all the dead bodies of the victims are still laying on the streets as we could not get the opportunity of burying them because of fear that the terrorists are still around the nearby bushes of Izge to see if people will carry the dead bodies to the grave yards for burial, so that they can ambush all of us," Yakubu said. "Although the security operatives have been alerted on the development, we are yet to see any of them deployed to the area."

Borno State Police Commissioner Lawal Tanko confirmed the carnage, the Mirror said.

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