187 Reported Dead in Northern Nigeria Fighting

Dozens of people have been killed in northern Nigeria during fierce fighting between Islamist militants and government security forces.

The Nigerian Red Cross Monday said at least 187 people died in the fighting, while another 77 were being treated for injuries.

However, one Borno state military spokesman has said reports of such death tolls are inflated.

The gunbattles began Friday in the remote fishing village of Baga, forcing thousands of residents to flee the area.

Locals say the …