MAIDUGURI, Nigeria Jan 28 An attack by
suspected Islamist Boko Haram insurgents on a northeast Nigerian
village on Monday killed 85 people, up from 40 previously
reported, officials said on Tuesday.
Boko Haram wants to impose sharia (Islamic law) on a country
split roughly equally between Christians and Muslims. It has
killed thousands over the past four and a half years and is
considered the biggest security risk in Africa's top oil
exporting state and second largest economy after South Africa.
Suspected Boko Haram rebels stormed the village of Kawuri,
in remote northeastern Borno state where insurgents are
resisting a military crackdown.
A local government councillor Dala Lawan said 85 people had
been killed by gunmen who arrived in several trucks, dressed in
military uniform, and opened fire on residents, burnt houses and
torched small community mosques.
Lawan said some women were kidnapped by the assailants and
50 people were receiving treatment in hospital. Another local
government official Ali Kaka confirmed the death toll.
In another attack on Sunday in neighbouring Adamawa state,
suspected members of Boko Haram killed 22 people during an
attack on a church service.
President Goodluck Jonathan is struggling to contain Boko
Haram in remote rural regions in the country's northeast corner,
where the sect launched an uprising in 2009.
(Reporting by Ibrahim Mshelizza; Writing by Joe Brock; Editing
by Mark Heinrich)