Hospital: At least 23 killed in Nigeria violence

Associated Press
Burnt our cars are seeing at the business and skills center following gun battle and explosions by the Boko Haram sect, in Potiskum, Nigeria, Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012. A Chinese construction worker has been killed in a besieged city in Nigeria's northeast, an official said Friday, exacerbating security concerns for foreign workers in Nigeria's violence-wracked northeast, while an overnight raid in a nearby city left 5 others dead and several schools razed to the ground. (AP/Photo Adamu Adamu)

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POTISKUM, Nigeria (AP) — Hospital records in a northeast Nigeria city show at least 23 people were killed in recent violence by the radical Islamist sect Boko Haram.

An Associated Press reporter saw the records Saturday at Potiskum General Hospital in Yobe state, where attacks have been going on since Thursday. The reporter also saw some of the dead still being held in the hospital's mortuary.

The death toll could be higher as Muslims in Nigeria's north bury their dead quickly, sometimes without notifying authorities.

The violence in Potiskum continued Saturday, as witnesses said gunmen raided the Potiskum home of a former Nigeria Customs Service official and killed him and his son.

Boko Haram is waging an increasingly bloody guerrilla fight against Nigeria's weak central government. More soldiers arrived in the city Saturday afternoon.

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