Abuja 03rd March 2014: Suspected Islamist militants have killed at least 39 people in an attack on a village in north-eastern Nigeria late on Saturday. The incident happened hours after twin bomb blasts in the city of Maiduguri killed at least 50 people. The victims of the Maiduguri bombings include many kids watching a soccer match.
The attackers are believed to be from the Boko Haram group which has carried out a violent campaign since 2009 to demand Shariah, or Islamic law, in northern Nigeria.
The attacks will heap pressure on the government of President Goodluck Jonathan whose intensified military push to end the insurgency has been running for almost a year. Attacks have continued after President Goodluck Jonathan declared state of emergency in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states last May in an attempt to control the uprisings.
Over 400 people have been killed in Maiduguri and the surrounding area in less than a month as Islamist militants intensifies its campaign against the civilian population.