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Nigeria: Suspected Islamist Militants Kill Dozens in Nigeria

Suspected Islamist militants have killed dozens of Christian villagers in an attack in northeastern Nigeria.

Witnesses say the suspected militants, dressed as soldiers, attacked the village of Izghe in Borno state late Saturday night.

Hundreds of residents were forced to flee the area as attackers looted local businesses and set fire to homes before leaving in stolen vehicles.

Local officials and witnesses say more than 60 people were killed.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but authorities suspect the Islamist militant group Boko Haram.

Last week, the group killed 39 villagers in a similar attack on another town in Borno state.

Efforts by the Nigerian military to stamp out the group have not stopped the violence.

Boko Haram, which wants to impose sharia law on a country split roughly equally between Christians and Muslims, is considered the biggest security risk in Africa's top oil exporting nation.

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