Death toll in north-east Nigeria attack rises to at least 142: Official

Burnt vehicles and houses are pictured on a street, after Boko Haram militants raided the town of Benisheik, west of Borno State capital Maiduguri Sept 19, 2013. The death toll from an attack in northeastern Nigeria that saw insurgents dressed as sol
Burnt vehicles and houses are pictured on a street, after Boko Haram militants raided the town of Benisheik, west of Borno State capital Maiduguri Sept 19, 2013. The death toll from an attack in northeastern Nigeria that saw insurgents dressed as soldiers set up checkpoints and gun down travellers on a highway has risen to at least 142, an official said on Sunday. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AFP) - The death toll from an attack in northeastern Nigeria that saw insurgents dressed as soldiers set up checkpoints and gun down travellers on a highway has risen to at least 142, an official said on Sunday.

"We recovered 55 bodies on Wednesday and 87 on Thursday," Abdulaziz Kolomi, an official with the environmental protection agency in Borno state, where the attack occurred, told AFP.

The previous toll from the attack in the Benisheik area was 87.