'Over 100 killed in clashes in Nigerian city'
More than 100 people were killed during clashes between Islamist extremists and security forces in a city in northeastern Nigeria, witnesses said on Tuesday.world Updated: Jul 28, 2009 16:47 IST
More than 100 people were killed during clashes between Islamist extremists and security forces in a city in northeastern Nigeria, witnesses said on Tuesday.
Authorities had not confirmed the toll following the clashes in Maiduguri, which occurred after fighting erupted at the weekend between extremists in Nigeria's mainly Muslim north and authorities.
"Over 100 dead bodies have been deposited at the premises of the police headquarters and more are still being brought in," Ibrahim Bala, a local radio journalist, told AFP.
Another local journalist said she counted more than 100 bodies that were dumped on the grounds of the police station in the city, the capital of Borno state.
Fighting erupted at the weekend after the self-styled Taliban militants went on a rampage, attacking police stations, prisons, churches and government institutions across four northern states in Nigeria.
So far authorities have given a toll for two states at 55. A dusk-to-dawn curfew has been imposed in Maiduguri.