22 May 2014

Villages attacked in Nigeria

9:46 am on 22 May 2014

At least 17 people have been killed in attacks on two villages in north-east Nigeria.

Police said 10 were in the village of Shawa and 17 in Alagarno.

The BBC reports the area is near Chibok, where Boko Haram abducted more than 200 schoolgirls last month.

The attack on Shawa happened on Monday and that on Alagarno on Tuesday, but were only reported on Wednesday.

Witnesses in Shawa said the gunmen were on motorcycles and every building was set alight.

On Tuesday 118 people died in a double bombing in the central city of Jos, which was also blamed on the Islamist group.

Correspondents say many parts of north-east Nigeria are no-go zones for the military and insurgents operate freely there.