61 feared killed in separate attacks in northeastern Nigerian states: sources   2014-01-27 23:13:00            

ABUJA, Jan. 27 (Xinhua) -- At least 61 people were feared to have been killed in separate gunmen attacks recorded in Nigeria's two northeastern states of Adamawa and Borno, local sources said on Monday.

A local security source in Adamawa State told Xinhua that nine people were shot dead when some gunmen attacked a village church in Madagali local government area of the northern state on Sunday.

Military authorities are yet to issue official statement on the incident. But a competent source said the military would address the media later on Monday.

More than 15 victims were also injured in the shooting incident, said Ezekiel Shehu, a church member who survived the incident.

Maina Ularamu, chairman of the Madagali local government also confirmed the incident to a reporter, but declined to give casualty figure.

The area of the incident is a border town to Gwoza local government area of Borno State, where series of terrorist attacks had taken place despite a subsisting state of emergency declared by President Goodluck Jonathan about a year ago.

In a separate attack on Sunday, at least 52 people, including a soldier, were killed when scores of gunmen attacked Kawuri District, which is the biggest town in Konduga local government area of Borno State, setting ablaze hundreds of houses.

Issa Abdullahi, a survivor of the incident, said many residents who sustained injuries during the attack were taken to Konduga General Hospital and the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital, for treatment.

With AK 47 rifles and improvised explosive devices (IEDs), the gunmen unleashed terror on residents before fleeing into Sambisa Games Forest, he said.

"More than 48 bodies littered the area," Abdullahi told reporters in Maiduguri, the state capital, which is some 60 km away from the place of the incident.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attacks in the northeast states of Borno and Adamawa, although they are strongholds of Boko Haram, a sect which proves to be the major security threat in the West African country.

Last week, Alex Badeh, Nigeria's newly appointed defense chief vowed to end the insurgency of Boko Haram by April.

More than 1,500 people, including women and children, had been killed in the five-year insurgency of the sect.

Editor: Mu Xuequan
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