World Bulletin / News Desk
At least 23 people are feared to have been killed in the latest round of violence across Nigeria's restive northeastern region.
Out of the 23 fatalities, 10 people were killed on Sunday morning in villages near Chibok Borno state, where 276 girls were abducted by Boko Haram group in April, local residents and military sources said.
"This morning, while people were in church in Kwada and Kautikari villages (both less than 10 kilometers from Chibok), gunmen we believe to be Boko Haram fighters came shooting at everyone in sight. I saw more than 10 dead bodies before running away," Kudu Audu, a resident of Kautikari, told Anadolu Agency on phone.
An Air Force officer who asked not to be named confirmed the attacks in both villages.
"We learnt that more than 10 people died in Kautikari and Kwada in coordinated attacks this morning. I learnt about three churches were also burnt," the military source told AA, asking not to be named.
Defense spokesman Chris Olukolade could not be reached for comments, but Borno police spokesman Gideon Jibrin confirmed the attacks to newsmen in Maiduguri, capital of Borno.
"We have been informed about this attack but details remain sketchy. Security men have been sent there to beef up security," Jubrin told newsmen.
Meanwhile, Taraba State police spokesman Joseph Kwaji told reporters on Sunday in capital Jalingo that at least 13 Fulani herdsmen were killed in the increasingly volatile state late Saturday.
"Unknown gunmen on Saturday trailed and killed 13 Fulani herdsmen who were returning from village markets in Garba-Chede and Maihula," Kwaji said.
The Fulani herdsmen, police added, were waylaid and killed by unidentified group of armed youths along a bush path in the outskirts of Maihula in the Bali Local Government Area.
"No arrest has been made but the command has beefed up security in the area to track down the perpetrators," Kwaji said.
Nigeria continues to battle a five-year-old Boko Haram insurgency that is largely concentrated in the country's northeast, where three states remain under emergency rule.
The rebels recently seem to have expanded their area of operations outside the region to include capital Abuja, where 21 people were killed in a Wednesday blast at a shopping mall.
Boko Haram did not claim responsibility for Wednesday's blast, but the group is typically blamed for such attacks.Last Mod: 30 Haziran 2014, 10:17