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Nigeria’s Boko Haram crisis: ‘Many dead’ in Damboa

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Many people are feared dead after suspected Boko Haram Islamist gunmen attacked a town in north-east Nigeria.

Eyewitnesses told the BBC that half of Damboa had been burnt down, including the town’s main market.

At least 18 bodies so far have been recovered from the attack, which lasted for several hours. The death toll is expected to rise, residents say.

Boko Haram’s violent campaign to establish an Islamic state has killed thousands of people in recent years.

In April, it sparked international outrage by abducting more than 200 girls from their boarding school in Chibok, in Borno state, like Damboa.

Boko Haram, whose name means “Western education is forbidden”, has often targeted schools since it launched its insurgency in 2009.

Borno state governor Kashim Shettima on Thursday said that 176 teachers had been killed and 900 schools destroyed since 2011.

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