Militants Kill Dozens in Nigeria

Militants Kill Dozens in NigeriaMilitants Kill Dozens in Nigeria

Witnesses said 26 people, including children, were killed in northeastern Borno State in Nigeria by attackers on horseback believed to be Boko Haram extremists. Ali Abdulqasim said his home village of Kolori and the neighboring village of Baana-Imam were attacked late Tuesday, AP reported.

He said Wednesday he escaped the attack by scaling a mango tree from where he saw horsemen chase down and shoot fleeing villagers.  Abdulqasim said he spent the night in the tree and when he came down in the morning he saw many corpses. Abbas Gava, a spokesman for a civilian defense group, said 26 people died in the attacks.

Suspected Boko Haram insurgents also shot dead around 80 people in attacks on three villages in Nigeria's restive northeast at the weekend, according to residents. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for any of the bloodshed.