At least 74 killed as suspected Boko Haram militants attack two Nigerian villages

New Chief of Defense Staff, Air Marshal Alex Badeh (C), and the new Air Force Chief Vice Marshal Adesola Nunayon Amosu (R) attend a handing over ceremony in Abuja, Nigeria, Jan. 20, 2014.
Suspected Islamic extremists have killed at least 74 people and burned down an entire village in two separate attacks in Nigeria.
Witnesses say the attacks happened Sunday in in two northeastern states.
The terrorists set off bombs near a market in Kawori village in Borno, burning down the town.
Gunmen also opened fire on a church Sunday in Chakawa, in the state of Adamawa.
Witnesses and authorities blame Boko Haram, the extremist group that uses terrorism in its fight to turn northern Nigeria into a conservative Islamic state. It is blamed for thousands of deaths since 2009. 
Borno and Adamawa are two states where Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan declared a state of emergency last May as part of efforts to fight Boko Haram.
Jonathan replaced his chief of defense and the heads of the army, navy and air force last week. No reason was given for the moves, but the army has struggled to stop attacks by Boko Haram.
Source: VOA and agencies
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