Death toll from Islamist attack on Nigerian market town hits 125

Reuters

MAIDUGURI (Reuters) - The death toll from an Islamist attack on the northeast Nigerian market town of Gamburu, near the Cameroon border, has risen to at least 125, a policeman at the scene evacuating bodies told Reuters by telephone on Wednesday.

Scores of suspected Boko Haram gunmen surrounded the town before dawn on Monday when its market was busy, and sprayed it with automatic gunfire, burning houses and vehicles and in some cases slitting people's throats.

A witness had initially seen 13 bodies in the immediate vicinity of her house.

(Reporting by Lanre Ola; Writing by Tim Cocks; Editing by John Stonestreet)

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