(ABUJA, Nigeria) -- Nearly 20 people were killed in new attacks from Islamist sect Boko Haram in Nigeria.
BBC News reports that the attack occurred at a townhall in Mubi in Adamawa state where Christian members of the Igbo group were meeting on Friday. Boko Haram is also believed to have killed six people during a church service in Gombe on Thursday.
The Islamist group have escalated attacks around the country over the past few months with the most deadly being the coordinated Christmas Day attacks on churches across the country resulting in the death of over 40 people and injuring dozens.
Following the Christmas day bombings, the radical sect warned Christians living in the northern part of Nigeria and considered mainly Muslim areas, to leave and return to the south. The group also called Muslims living in the south to return to the north.
The attacks come a week after President Goodluck Jonathan issued a state of emergency in Yobe and Borno states as well as other states where Boko Haram is believed to be operating from.
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