56 dead in campaign
MAIDUGURI: Islamic extremist group Boko Haram killed 56 villagers in a remote area, the governor of Nigeria said, as the Government warned the extremists were trying to extend their violent campaign.
Governor Kashim Shettima confirmed the attack in Baanu village during a meeting with the parents of the 219 girls abducted from a school in the region by the extremists last year. Thursday marked 500 days of captivity of the girls from a school in Chibok.
“I want us all to understand that the Boko Haram crisis is a calamity that has befallen us, as the insurgents do not discriminate whether somebody is Christian or Muslim,” the governor said.