Boko Haram kills scores in NE Nigeria, militants amass in Gwoza
Boko Haram fighters killed 68 people, many of them children, in northeast Nigeria, as militants began amassing in the strategic town of Gwoza against a possible fight-back by military forces. The atrocity in Njaba, some 50 kilometres (31 miles) from the Borno state capital, Maiduguri, happened at dawn on Tuesday and also saw attackers raze the village, witnesses and vigilantes said. Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad and Niger last month began a joint operation against the Islamists, who have captured swathes of territory in the northeast and also begun cross-border attacks. On Thursday, Nigeria announced that troops were now in "full control" of Mafa, some 50 kilometres east of Maiduguri, "after completing the operation to clear terrorists from the town".
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