Islamic extremists kill 52 in Nigeria
Security officials say suspected Islamic extremists used explosives to attack a village in Nigeria's northeast, killing 52 people and razing more than 300 homes.
A security official said Monday the attackers planted several explosives at a market around Kawuri village Sunday. A police official who evacuated wounded victims confirmed at least 52 people were killed. Both spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not permitted to speak to reporters.
Ari Kolomi, who escaped the massacre, said there were more than 50 attackers.
The security official blamed the Islamic terrorist network Boko Haram, which has killed thousands over four years in Nigeria's northeast.
Police commissioner Lawan Tanko confirmed the attack, but would not give details on casualties.
Northeast Nigeria has been under a military state of emergency since May.
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