Residents of northeastern Nigeria were gripped by fear and anxiety after two days of bloodshed blamed on Boko Haram. More than 50 people were killed in a 48-hour wave of shootings and bombings in the volatile region, just days before the government’s end of year deadline to stamp out what has been described as the world’s deadliest terrorist group. “They (Boko Haram) know they are on their way out,” Information Minister Lai Mohammed told journalists in Lagos. “They lack capacity to launch horrendous attacks as they used to do in the past.” In Madagali, where more than 30 people were killed on Monday, armed soldiers were patrolling the dusty streets of the agricultural town searching vehicles and passengers for explosives and weapons. But despite the heightened security, residents were bracing for more violence. “Security have been beefed up everywhere but people are still jittery. No one knows the next target because the bombers have no identity,” resident Timothy Manzo said. “We try to be calm and go about our daily routine but the fear is still there, we are only suppressing it because life has to go on.” The latest carnage highlighted Boko Haram’s continued ability to stage deadly attacks even after the Nigerian government vowed to end the group’s deadly insurgency by December 31.