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Attack in northern Nigeria leaves 30 dead

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At least 30 people have been killed by militants in a village in northern Nigeria, shortly after twin blasts killed 118 people in the central town of Jos.

Gunmen attacked the village of Shawa in the Damboa local government area of Borno State in the early hours of Wednesday, according to local newspaper Leadership.

Houses as well as stores of maize and millet were burned down, according to witnesses.

The assailants chanted “Allahu akbar,” Arabic for “God is great,” Shawa resident Musa Yakubu told the newspaper.

On Tuesday, at least 118 people were killed in a twin bombing at a crowded market in the Plateau State capital Jos in central Nigeria.

At least 10 people were killed on Sunday when a car bomb was set off in the northern Nigerian city of Kano.

The African Union said it was planning to send a team of intelligence officers from member nations to Nigeria to help fight Boko Haram. The group would set up an operation centre in Nigeria’s capital, Abuja, to exchange information with the Nigerian government.

AU intelligence chiefs also called for a regional task force to hunt down Boko Haram in West and Central Africa.

In New York, Nigeria’s mission to the United Nations confirmed to DPA on Wednesday that it had requested the UN Security Council to put Boko Haram on its Al-Qaeda Sanctions List.

If the request is granted, the group would face assets freezes, travel bans and arms embargo, from Thursday.

Meanwhile, the search for more than 200 school girls abducted on April 14 by Boko Haram continues.

France and five African nations on Saturday “declared war” on Boko Haram during an anti-terrorism summit in Paris. The sect, which has killed thousands of people in the last several years, was declared a menace to West and Central Africa.