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Gunmen kill 37 near Nigeria’s Maiduguri

By on June 12, 2015

Suspected Boko Haram gunmen killed 37 people in raids on five villages around Maiduguri, a military source and a local village defence group said on Friday.

The Islamist militants fired into houses and shot fleeing locals during Wednesday evening and the early hours of Thursday, the military source said.

“Reports indicated a total of 37 people were killed by the insurgents during the separate attacks,” said the source.

Details of the attack emerged a day after new President Muhammadu Buhari held a summit with regional counterparts to set up a joint military force to counter Boko Haram.

Maiduguri this week became the new site of the Nigerian military command centre for operations to fight Boko Haram.

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