AP – The Nigerian Red Cross says at least 25 people have died after a radical Islamist sect launched multiple attacks in the northeastern city of Damaturu.
Nigerian Red Cross official Andronicus Adeyemo said Tuesday that 20 of the dead were civilians.
Police say suspected radical sect members launched the attacks soon after they committed a trio of deadly church attacks in a northern state.
Yobe State police chief Patrick Egbuniwe said Boko Haram members started attacking police and military institutions late Monday in Damaturu.
Resident Fatima Garba says at least two schools were burned, suggesting that there had also been civilian targets.
The sect claimed responsibility for three church attacks in Kaduna state on Sunday. On Tuesday, a relief agency official involved in rescue efforts said at least 70 people died in those attacks and in reprisal killings.