At least 101 people were killed over the last three days in sectarian clashes and gun battles between soldiers and insurgents in the Nigerian cities of Damaturu and Kaduna after suicide bombers attacked three churches on Sunday.

In Kaduna city, Christians retaliated the bombing allegedly carried out by suspected members of Islamic fundamentalist sect, Boko Haram, by burning down mosques and killing Muslims.

Over 40 persons including six security personnel were on Thursday killed in a gun battle between soldiers and insurgents in Damaturu town, the capital of Nigeria’s northern state of Yobe.

State police spokesman Patrick Egbuniwe told PTI on phone that 34 of those who were killed were members of the Boko Haram.

However, other sources claimed that at the Sani Abatcha Hospital Damaturu, the corpses of eight policemen and three soldiers were brought in.

The governments of the two states of Yobe and Kaduna have declared 24 hours curfew to forestall further confrontation. Civilians faced acute scarcity of food and water after being trapped indoors.

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