06/30/2014, 00.00
NIGERIA - ISLAM
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Dozens killed and churches burned in latest Boko Haram attack

Police had promised residents protection following threats from the jihadists, but a local leader denounces that the army did not respond to requests for assistance launched by the villages under attack.

Lagos (AsiaNews / Agencies) - The dead from yesterday's attack waged by Boko Haram on  villages near Chibok, in northeastern Nigeria are feared to be over 100.  It is the same area from where the group kidnapped more than 200 girls in April. Initial reports from the attack yesterday also speak of five churches and several houses burned.

The Islamists' main target was the village of Kwada, where they used gunfire and bombs on worshipers leaving the churches. A similar fate awaited the villagers of Kautikari, located eight kilometers from Chibok.

The Nigerian newspaper DailyPost recalls that a few weeks ago threats attributed to Boko Haram were sent to the local government Chibok, following which the police had assured maximum protection to the inhabitants of the area. But Mark Enoch, a member of the movement that arose after the abduction of girls, has openly denounced that the army did not respond to requests for assistance launched by the villages under attack.

A state of emergency is in force in northern Nigeria, because of the attacks by the group that wants to create an Islamic state.

 

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