‘Boko Haram kill 17’ in village attack near Chibok School

The
Islamist group Boko Haram has been accused of killing at least 17
people in an attack on a village in north-east Nigeria, close to where
hundreds of schoolgirls were seized.

It comes a day after 118 people died in a twin bomb attack in the central city of Jos, also blamed on Boko Haram.

In the latest attack, Boko Haram fighters reportedly spent hours killing and looting in the village of Alagarno.

Alagarno is near Chibok, from where the schoolgirls were abducted last month.

The abductions of more than 200 girls caused international outrage
and put pressure on the Nigerian authorities to deal with the threat
from Boko Haram.

People in north-east Nigeria are extremely vulnerable to attacks
because many areas are no-go zones for the military and the insurgents
operate freely, the BBC’s Will Ross reports from the country.

Witnesses in Alagarno said the suspected Boko Haram fighters arrived
close to midnight before leaving in stolen vehicles several hours later.

One survivor told the BBC that every single building in the village had been torched.

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Meanwhile, the search for bodies is continuing in Jos following Tuesday’s twin bombings that reduced buildings to rubble.

The attacks targeted a crowded market and a hospital, and the second
blast went off 30 minutes after the first – killing rescue workers who
had rushed to the scene.

Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan condemned the bombings, and said those who carried out the attacks were “cruel and evil”.

His office said he was “fully committed to winning the war against terror”.

He announced increased measures to tackle the militants, including a
multinational force around Lake Chad which comprises a battalion each
from Chad, Niger, Cameroon and Nigeria.

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