Nigeria’s Boko Haram ‘attack’ Borno state’s Mafa town

Bombs exploded in Maiduguri within minutes of each other
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.

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.

 

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