Boko Haram Killed 145 People in Nigeria Villages, Residents Say

Islamists from Boko Haram killed 145 people in attacks on two Nigerian villages in recent days, according to residents.

The militants attacked the village of Musarram in the north of Borno state on Tuesday, picking out 48 men and killing them, said Kaka Haruna, a local resident.

In another attack on Wednesday in the town of Kukawa near the border with Niger, 97 people were killed, according to Kakami Idris, a farmer in the area. He said the attack was carried out by more than 50 gunmen who opened fire on people praying after breaking their Ramadan fast.

Boko Haram has been fighting to impose Islamic law in northern Nigeria for years, in an insurgency that has left thousands dead. Neighboring states including Niger and Chad have been drawn into the conflict, helping Nigeria’s effort to crush the group.

The military and police in Maiduguri, the state capital, didn’t immediately comment on the reports. Mohammed Tahir Monguno, a local lawmaker, told reporters that he had been informed about attacks on villages. He said that many militants had moved to that region after security forces drove them out of their bases in the Sambisa forest.