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Large city, villages under attack by Boko Haram

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Islamic insurgents are attacking the largest city in northeastern Nigeria. Islamic insurgents are attacking the largest city in northeastern Nigeria.
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria - Islamic insurgents are attacking the largest city in northeastern Nigeria and at least six villages to its south.

Authorities say fierce fighting between troops and insurgents in city of Maiduguri has left more than 200 dead.

Amnesty International says it believes "hundreds of thousands of civilians are now at grave risk."

To the south of the city in Adamawa state, a lawmaker is appealing for troops to protect civilians in six villages that are under attack. Fleeing residents say the attackers are slitting people's throats, looting and burning homes and abducting dozens of women and children.

Maiduguri is the birthplace of Boko Haram and has been attacked many times in the 5-year Islamic insurgency that killed an estimated 10,000 people last year. The group linked to al-Qaida is fighting to impose a strict version of Shariah  law in Nigeria.

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