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Villagers bury dead nearly a week after Boko Haram attack

Nigerian soldiers patrol in the north of Borno state close to a former camp run by Islamist extremist group Boko Haram near Maiduguri, northeast Nigeria on June 5, 2013Maiduguri (Nigeria) (AFP) – More than 100 bodies have been buried almost a week after a Boko Haram attack in northeast Nigeria, local leaders said Monday, but added that many more victims of the attacks had yet to be found. Lawan Abba Kaka and John Gulla, from Attagara in Borno state, said nearly 110 people had now been interred after Islamist militant fighters stormed the village and at least three others nearby on Tuesday and Wednesday last week. Boko Haram, which kidnapped more than 200 schoolgirls from the town of Chibok in Borno in April, has in recent months stepped up its insurgency, with civilians bearing the brunt of the violence. Ali Ndume, who represents Borno South in Nigeria’s Senate, said burials had taken place in nine villages: 42 in Attagara, 24 in Aganjara and 20 in Agapalwa.

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