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Suspected Islamists Kill 74 Nigerian Villagers

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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.

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.

Major attacks blamed on Nigeria's Boko Haram

2009
  • July - Attacks prompt government crackdown in Bauchi and Maiduguri; 800 people killed

2010
  • December - Bombings in central Nigeria and church attacks in the northeast kill 86

2011
  • June - Attack on a bar in Maiduguri kills 25
  • August - Suicide bomber kills 23 at U.N. building in Abuja
  • November - Bombings in Damaturu and Potiskum kill 65
  • December - Christmas Day bombings across Nigeria kill 39

2012
  • January -- Gun and bomb attacks in Kano kill up to 200
  • February - Maiduguri market attack kills 30
  • June - Suicide car bombings at three churches kill 21
  • July - Attacks in Plateau state kill dozens, including two politicians at a funeral for the victims

2013
  • February - French family kidnapped in Cameroon, held hostage for two months
  • April - Fighting with troops in Baga kills up to 200; residents say troops set deadly fires
  • May - Attacks in Bama kill more than 50
  • July - Gunmen kill 30 at a school in Yobe
  • August - Gunmen kill 44 at a mosque outside Maiduguri
  • September - Gunmen kill 40 students a dorm in Yobe
  • October - Attack Yobe state capital Damaturu, clash with military in Borno state
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.
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