Suspected Boko Haram Attack Kills Scores

Suspected Boko Haram militants have shot dead nearly 100 people in a town in far northeastern Nigeria.

Witnesses say gunmen stormed the Borno state town of Kukawa, near Lake Chad, on Wednesday evening. Reports from the area say at least 97 people were killed.

The French news agency reports the gunmen attacked local mosques first, then targeted houses.

Borno state has seen a surge of attacks blamed on Boko Haram since President Muhammadu Buhari took office on May 29.

Last month, the president moved the military's command center to the state capital, Maiduguri. Nigeria is also in talks with Chad, Niger, Cameroon and Benin to set up a regional force to combat the Islamist extremist group.

Boko Haram has killed more than 10,000 people during a six-year insurgency aimed at establishing a strict Islamic state.

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