Nigeria extremists attack more villages

2014-05-21 18:39
Abubakar Shekau, the leader of Nigeria's Boko Haram Islamist militants. (AFP)

Abubakar Shekau, the leader of Nigeria's Boko Haram Islamist militants. (AFP)

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Lagos - Boko Haram militants have attacked three villages in Nigeria, killing 48 people. One village is near the town of Chibok, where more than 300 schoolgirls were kidnapped last month.

The reports came from residents and were confirmed by a state intelligence agent who spoke on condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to give information to reporters. The attacks happened between Tuesday night and early on Wednesday.

Apagu Maidaga of Alagarno village said residents hid in the bush and watched while the extremists set ablaze their homes of thatch-roofed mud huts.

"We saw our village up in flames as we hid in the bush waiting for the dawn; we lost everything," he told The Associated Press in a telephone call.

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