Boko Haram: Maiduguri ‘Preachers Kill Dozens’

BBC – Suspected Boko Haram militants have launched an attack on a village near the north-eastern Nigerian city of Maiduguri, killing about 45 people.

The attackers told villagers they had come to preach before firing on a crowd that gathered, survivors told the BBC.

Separately, officials say up to 200 may have been killed in a wave of attacks in villages in the region this week.

Militants have frequently targeted remote areas since emergency rule was imposed a year ago in the north-east.

Nigeria’s government has been facing growing pressure both at home and abroad to do more to tackle Boko Haram since militants kidnapped more than 200 schoolgirls in April.

The group has waged an increasingly bloody insurgency since 2009 in an attempt to create an Islamic state in Nigeria – and thousands of people have died in their attacks and the subsequent security crackdown.

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