The Courier-Mail

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.

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