Boko Haram Attacks Three Nigerian Villages

The assaults could lead to a rise in religious tension in the country.

Posted: 05/21/2014 01:37 PM EDT
Aftermath of attacks in city of Jos, Nigeria

The situation continues to worsen for victims of the militant group Boko Haram, as 48 people were killed in three village assaults on Wednesday, according to residents.

Sources say that efforts are underway to find missing individuals through the rubble after the attacks that took place between late Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning.

"We saw our village up in flames as we hid in the bush waiting for the dawn; we lost everything," Apagu Maidaga of Alagarno told the Associated Press.

These attacks follow two deadly car bombings in the city that took the lives of 118 people at a busy bus terminal. Though there was no admission of guilt on behalf of Boko Haram for Tuesday’s bombings, signs allegedly point toward the Islamic extremist group.

The attacks in Jos put the city on alert after the Islamic extremists ignited the possibility for greater religious rivalry.

Authorities in other central and central-north countries claim that Boko Haram is perpetuating tensions that have caused death and “disputes over land, religion, and tribe,” according to Associated Press.

These attacks, coupled with Boko Haram’s abduction of about 300 Nigerian school girls, have grabbed the attention of the United States.

The U.S. Embassy in Abuja spoke out against this recent attack and asked for peace in Jos — and adding a plea for calm from its residents.

The United States is helping Nigeria to “grapple with violent extremism,” reported Associated Press.

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