While Nigeria’s military has pushed back and dislodged Boko Haram’s hold on territory in the northeast, suicide attacks and sporadic violence continue
Attacks have destroyed land, left landmines, killed thousands of young men and wiped out or displaced entire generations of farmers and herders
A reporter said the road was splattered with bloodstains but the followers had continued their march.
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“The scene was terrible, blood everywhere,” a witness said.
More than 650 people have lost their lives since new president came to power on May 29.
At least 55 people were killed last week in two raids on villages near the Borno state capital, Maiduguri -- the first attacks there in three months.
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The violence comes three weeks before a presidential election that was delayed by six weeks.
Boko Haram fighters had earlier launched a dawn raid on the capital of neighbouring Yobe state, Damaturu, targeting the police.