Nigeria's battle with Boko Haram Islamist group leaves more dead

PUBLISHED : Monday, 22 October, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 22 October, 2012, 3:28am

Hundreds of residents of a northeastern Nigerian city were fleeing yesterday after three days of Islamist attacks that left at least 31 dead and many buildings and properties razed.

The troubled city of Potiskum had been under security lockdown since Thursday with troops patrolling the streets and residents keeping in-doors for fear of new attacks.

The body of a school principal was found near his house on Saturday after seven people had been reportedly slaughtered in the city and 23 killed earlier following bomb blasts and shootings on Thursday.

Found in the eastern state of Adamawa were the bodies of nine people who residents charged were executed by soldiers hunting suspects in a roadside bomb blast four days earlier.

Suspected members of the Boko Haram Islamist group shot dead seven people, including a retired customs chief and a former police officer, police said.

Potiskum, the commercial hub of Yobe state, has been hit hard by near daily Islamist attacks in recent weeks.

A nurse at the Potiskum general hospital spoke of 20 bodies being taken to the morgue, while residents said three bodies were buried by their families following explosions and shootings in the restive city.

Boko Haram's insurgency in northern and central Nigeria and the state's military response are believed to have left more than 2,800 people dead since 2009.