Islamist Militant Attack Leaves 56 Dead, Nigerian Governor Says

  • Militants on horseback strike village in northeastern Nigeria
  • Death toll reached 68, according to resident who fled area

At least 56 people were killed by suspected Islamist militants in an attack on a village in the northeastern Nigerian state of Borno, Governor Kashim Shettima said.

The attack occurred on Friday in the village of Baanu, Shettima said during a meeting Sunday in the state capital, Maiduguri. The insurgents arrived on horseback and killed at least 68 people, Abba Mohammed, a resident of the area who escaped, said by phone.

“Their corpses are still littered on the streets of the village,” Shettima said.

The militant group Boko Haram has waged a six-year violent campaign to impose its version of Islamic law in Africa’s most populous nation. President Muhammadu Buhari, who took office in May, has sought international support to crush the movement that has displaced more than 1.5 million people. Nigeria, Cameroon, Niger and Chad have contributed forces to a regional offensive against the insurgents.

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