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Attackers kill 30 in Nigeria

At least 30 people have been killed in an attack in northeastern Nigeria, according to officials.

The attack on Sunday evening targeted the village of Auno on a key highway linking to Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state.

The attackers stormed in on trucks mounted with heavy weapons, killing, burning and looting before kidnapping women and children, state government spokesman Ahmad Abdurrahman Bundi said.

They “killed not less than 30 people who are mostly motorists and destroyed 18 vehicles”, Bundi said in a statement after visiting the scene.

Babakura Kolo, a member of a state-backed militia battling fighters in the area, said travellers who had stopped for the night came under attack by the gunmen who torched vehicles.

“Many of the drivers and their assistants who were sleeping in the vehicles were burnt alive,” said Babakura Kolo, a member of a state-backed militia battling fighters in the area.

The attackers combed through the village, looting and burning shops and property before withdrawing, he said.—Al Jazeera

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