Nigerian army rescued 180 people in the early hours of Friday, but around 30 male and female students remain unaccounted for after gunmen attacked a forestry college in northwestern Kaduna state overnight.
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari ordered a "massive" deployment of military and intelligence assets to restore normalcy to Nigeria's northwest, National Security Adviser Babagana Monguno said.
The latest attacks were in northwest Kaduna state, where 23 people were killed over 24 hours in Birnin Gwari, Giwa, Chikun, Igabi and Kauru local government areas (LGAs), state internal security commissioner Samuel Aruwan said.
Maiduguri city's three million residents plunged into darkness after a Daesh-linked militant group blew up transmission lines, in the third such attack in a month.
The unrest is the worst street violence since Nigeria's return to civilian rule in 1999 and the most serious political crisis confronting President Muhammadu Buhari, a former head of a military regime who came to power at the ballot box in 2015.
There has been no official death toll from the incident on Tuesday evening in which witnesses said security forces opened fire on a crowd of over 1,000 people protesting police brutality.
The gang opened fire on the soldiers who were on foot in a forested part of the Jibia district in Katsina state, the sources said, speaking on condition of anonymity.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, though it comes not long after a splinter faction of Boko Haram warned civilians that they could be targeted if they helped humanitarian groups or the military.
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More than 30,000 civilians who fled their homes in the wake of attacks by the Boko Haram have been taking refuge at the camp close to the border with Cameroon since 2015.
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