Boko Haram brutally massacred nearly 200 people Friday in northeastern Nigeria in a killing spree that continued Saturday.

The carnage began Friday when extremists gunned down Muslims at evening prayers, shot women in their homes, and dragged men from their beds, the AP reports.

"Large numbers" of fighters poured in and overpowered government forces intent on stopping them from taking the state capitol of Maiduguri, said local resident Haladu Musa to AFP.

The fighting all took place within six miles of Maiduguri, Boko Haram's birthplace, which the jihadis seemed determined to take.

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