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56 villagers killed in Boko Haram attack

Fifty-six persons were killed at the weekend at Badu village in Nganzai Local Government Area of Borno State by gunmen suspected to be Boko Haram members.

Badu is located 68km from Maiduguri, the capital. The residents are farmers and herdsmen.

Governor Kashim Shettima announced the attack on Saturday when he hosted the parents of the abducted Chibok girls in Maiduguri.

He said: “As President Muhammadu Buhari directed me to address you on the abduction of your daughters in April last year by Boko Haram, the security agencies hurriedly briefed me on another insurgents’ attack at Badu village, where 56 people were killed. Houses were torched. This is madness. The President asked me to commiserate with everyone of you. He said you should be patient.

“This Boko Haram insurgency in the Northeast is not based on either religion or ethnicity. It is a total madness of massive killings and destruction of people’s property.

“I have set up an emergency committee to go to the village tomorrow (Sunday) to give relief assistance to the affected people.”

A military source said: “One of the villages in Borno north was attacked by the insurgents while fleeing the Lake Chad Basin areas at the weekend.”