A violent attack by the Takfiri group, Boko Haram, has claimed lives of at least 30 people in Nigeria’s violence-wracked northeast.
The casualties come after assailants targeted two villages in northeastern Borno State.
“They [militants] began shooting and set fire to our homes. We had to flee to the bush,” media outlets quoted local residents as saying.
The deadly attack happened hours after twin bombings killed some 200 people in the central town of Jos. The bombs ripped through a busy market an hour apart.
The attacks are blamed on the Takfiri militant group known as Boko Haram.
The latest attacks come as Nigeria is struggling to deal with the abduction of about 300 female students by the group. The militants have threatened to sell the girls into slavery.
The abduction, which took place in the remote northeastern village of Chibok, has triggered an international outcry and protests in Nigeria, piling pressure on the government to free the girls.
Boko Haram has claimed responsibility for a number of deadly gun and bomb attacks in various parts of Nigeria since 2009.
In May 2013, Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan declared a state of emergency in three northeastern states of Borno, Yobe, and Adamawa.
Over the past four years, violence in the north of Africa’s most populous country has claimed the lives of 3,600 people, including killings by the security forces.