Suspected Boko Haram militants stormed a village in Nigeria's Borno state, killing at least 50 people, Al Jazeera reported Saturday. The attack marks the second this week in the West African country. An onslaught in the village of Azaya Kura left 45 people dead Wednesday.
The latest attack occurred Friday in the northeastern village of Doron Baga, near the Chad border. But due to the area’s remoteness, word of the massacre was delayed a day. The attackers reportedly entered the village on motorbikes, and began shooting villagers and slitting their throats. Some people escaped. Most of the victims were farmers, witnesses told Al Jazeera.
Boko Haram militants, who pledge loyalty to the Islamic State, have seized control of a string of towns and villages in northeastern Nigeria in recent months. The group made headlines in April after kidnapping 276 schoolgirls in Chibok. Lawmakers were discussing whether to extend the state of emergency Thursday when tear gas was fired inside Nigeria’s parliament after a high-ranking government official scaled a security fence to enter the building. Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan declared a state of emergency for Borno and other states in the region in May 2013.
Nigerian forces have failed to stop the terrorist group from killing more than 2,000 civilians this year, according to Human Rights Watch. The country's main opposition party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), has accused the ruling party of letting Boko Haram inundate the northeast states of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa, where opposition leaders are popular among voters.
"The PDP [Peoples Democratic Party] is sacrificing the lives of our brothers, of our sisters, of our children for very selfish political ends," John Oyegun, national chairman of the All Progressives Congress, said during a rally in the Nigerian capital of Abuja. "They have allowed the insurgents to take over substantially controlled APC states.”