LAGOS, Nigeria – More than 400 people have been killed in a spate of violence in northern Nigeria, the president of a human rights group said Tuesday.
The violence has pitted Islamic militants against government police and troops in the north-central part of the nation, officials said.
Attacks continued Tuesday in the suburbs of the northern city of Maiduguri, said Shehu Sani, president of the Civil Rights Congress, a human rights organization based in northern Nigeria. People there are seeking refuge in police and military barracks and in hospitals, he said.
Police and troops were dispatched to the militants’ hideouts after they began attacks on government establishments Sunday, said police spokesman Moses Anegbode. As authorities exchanged fire with the militants, 41 people, including a soldier and a policeman, were killed, Anegbode said Monday. In addition, some 176 people were arrested in Bauchi, he said.