Suspected Boko Haram attack on a funeral leaves 65 dead in Nigeria, official says


, ()At least 65 are dead following a suspected attack by Boko Haram on a funeral gathering in northeastern Nigeria, according to local officials.

Twenty-one people were initially killed during the burial ceremony, Bulama said. An additional 44 people were killed when villagers ran after the assailants, the official said.
At least 10 people were injured in the attack. Eight of them were critically wounded and were being treated at an area hospital, he said.
    Boko Haram militants have inhabited the northern for the past decade. The terror group says its aim is to impose a stricter enforcement of Sharia across ’s most populous nation, which is split between a majority north and a mostly Christian south.
      The group has bombed churches and mosques; kidnapped and ; and assassinated and religious leaders.
      In January, the escalating violence forced 30,000 Nigerians to flee the country over a two day period, the UN agency said.

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