MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Separate attacks in northeastern Nigeria have killed at least eight people.
The region has been under near-daily assault by a radical Islamist group. Boko Haram (BOH'-koh hah-RAHM'), whose name means "Western education is sacrilege" in the Hausa language of Nigeria's largely Muslim north, is believed to have links with two other al-Qaida-aligned terrorist groups in Africa.
The attacks targeted a village and a wedding party.
Witnesses say it was government soldiers who raided the wedding, which was being held for a Boko Haram member. Gunmen guarding the wedding exchanged fire with the soldiers.
Elsewhere, police say gunmen wearing military uniforms arrested and shot dead five people in a remote village. Police say they had no information about a military operation in the area and are investigating.
Killings in rural areas often get blamed on so-called "fake soldiers," attackers who wear military-style camouflage clothing during assaults. It remains easy to buy uniforms off the street in Nigeria.