Boko Haram kills over 50 people in two days of attacks

Nigerian soldiers patrol in the north of Borno state close to a former camp of Boko Haram, on June 5, 2013 near MaiduguriOver 50 people were killed in a 48-hour wave of attacks blamed on Boko Haram jihadists in northeastern Nigeria, sources said Monday, days ahead of the government’s deadline to stamp out the group. Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari pledged to end the insurgency by December 31, saying Thursday his government had “technically” defeated Boko Haram and reduced the group’s capacity to mount “conventional” attacks in Africa’s most populous nation. Riding astride bicycles, fighters invaded Kimba village in Borno state — a Boko Haram stronghold — Friday, shooting and killing at least 14 residents before torching their homes.

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