· Another civilian massacre in Borno State ·
Death and terror continue for the people of Nigeria, where fundamentalists of Boko Haram killed 56 members of the a village in a remote area of Borno State, located in the north east corner of the country. The state's governor, Kashim Shettima, confirmed the attack today, stating that the extremists are trying to widen their campaign of violence. Several inhabitants of the village of Baanu reported being attacked by Boko Haram militants on Friday night and then fleeing to the nearby forests for refuge. When they returned to their village, they found piles of the dead amassed in the streets. This is the latest of various attacks in Borno State. The extremists assault the villages, burn houses and force villagers to leave. According to the national emergency agency, in the last six years, Boko Haram has killed approximately 20,000 person and in recent days nearly 58,000 refugees have fled from Nigeria to camps in Cameroon, Chad, Togo and Niger. Today the local police confirmed that armed men abducted a journalist in Port Harcourt, in southern Nigeria. The reasons behind the abduction are unclear, however abductions are common in the area which result in ransom payments.
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