Two attacks kill dozens of police, soldiers in Nigeria

Emergency response workers walk by destroyed vehicles at the site of a car bomb blast where football fans were watching the final of the UEFA Champions League match the night before, at a viewing center in the central Nigerian city of Jos, on May 25, 2014. The explosion rocked the Nassarawa Gwong district in the central Nigerian city of Jos killing at least three people, barely four days after twin car bomb attacks claimed about 118 lives in the city. STRINGER/AFP/Getty Images

LAGOS, Nigeria - Nigerian officials say that 54 people were killed in two attacks in northern Nigeria suspected to be by Islamic extremists.

Police constable Abdullahi Mohammed said Tuesday that suspected Boko Haram members killed 24 soldiers and 21 policemen in an attack Monday evening on Buni Yadi town in Yobe state.

And in Borno state local government official Nglamuda Ibrahim said gunmen suspected to be Boko Haram killed nine people in two remote villages, also on Monday night.

Ibrahim said that in Ashigashiya town the armed men shot at villagers, burned their homes and held control over the area and hoisted their white flags with Arabic letters.

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