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Fighting between a radical Muslim sect and Nigerian troops have left more than 60 people dead.Image 1 of 2Burnt roofing sheets litter the ground after a fire razed the Gombomru main market in Nigeria's northeastern city of Maiduguri.Photo: REUTERS/Stringer
Several days of violence in the Nigeria's northeast has left churches bombed and people hiding in fear.
The country's authorities said at least 61 people have died in the violence.
The government has now ordered a dusk until dawn curfew in the Yobe state, where at least 50 people died, following attacks by the sect known as Boko Haram.
In Maiduguri, the capital of neighbouring Borno state, bombs reduced at least three churches to rubble and raised fears of further attacks by a group that claimed Christmas Eve bombings last year that killed dozens.
The fighting began Thursday in the two states, with gunfire and explosions heard into the night and the following day in an arid region that borders Cameroon, Chad and Niger.
Damaturu, the capital of Yobe state, and the town of Potiskum bore the brunt of the violence.
In Damaturu, residents fled their homes near the city's central mosque ahead of a combined attack by soldiers and the federal police's feared Mobile Police, known as "kill-and-go" for their propensity for violence.
The paramilitary forces raided the area in armoured personnel carriers and tanks, with heavy gunfire marking their arrival.
"We were able to kill 12 of the Boko Haram armed sect and bombers," said local police commissioner Lawan Tanko.
He added that officers also recovered Kalashnikov rifles, ammunition and explosives.
There were fears that the death toll could rise to more than 100.
Authorities have blamed Boko Haram for firebombing at least three churches around the capital, attacks that killed one pastor and his young child.
This is just the latest in a series of bombings over the last year by Boko Haram.
The group, whose name means "Western education is sacrilege" in the local Hausa language, wants to implement strict Shariah law across a nation of more than 160 million people that is home to both Christians and Muslims.
Boko Haram claimed responsibility for an attack in Damaturu, Yobe state's capital, that killed more than 100 people in November.
The group also claimed responsibility for a suicide car bombing of the UN headquarters in Nigeria's capital in August that killed 24 people and wounded 116 others.
While initially targeting enemies via hit-and-run assassinations from the back of motorbikes, violence by Boko Haram has developed a new sophistication and apparent planning that includes high-profile attacks with greater casualties.
The sect is responsible for at least 465 killings in Nigeria this year alone.