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Boko Haram Attacks Leave at Least 30 Dead in Nigeria's Northeast

Tuesday, 27 Jan 2015 12:25 PM

Boko Haram Islamists in Nigeria attacked two northeastern towns leaving at least 30 people dead and many injured, a lawmaker said.

"They attacked our people in Madagali, Michika and surrounding villages" yesterday, Adamu Kamale, a member of the Adamawa state legislature representing the area, said by phone today from Yola, the state capital. "They destroyed houses and shops and killed a lot of people."

Boko Haram has killed more than 13,000 people since it started a violent campaign in 2009 to impose Shariah, or Islamic rule, in Africa's biggest oil-producing nation, according to the government. The group has stepped up attacks ahead of presidential elections due Feb. 14, making a failed attempt on Jan. 25 to take Maiduguri, the biggest city in the northeast.

Nigeria's more than 170 million population is roughly split between Muslims, mainly living in the north, and Christians, predominantly in the south.

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