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Islamist militants kill at least 25, police say


Islamist militants have killed at least 25 people in an attack in a fishing town in Nigeria’s Borno state, police and residents said on Thursday.

Police commission­er Abdu Umar linked the attack in Dikwa to Boko Haram insurgents. He said a police officer was killed in a separate incident.

Dikwa is close to the Sambisa forest, a Boko Haram stronghold, which has been fought over by Islamic State West Africa Province, which is also active in the area.

Bulama Modu, a resident who assisted the military in recovery work, said a total of 33 fishermen had been killed.

He said 25 bodies were found at the scene of Wednesday’s attack while eight others were recovered Thursday.

Another resident who escaped said the insurgents suspected that fishermen were providing informatio­n to the military after the army attacked them some weeks ago. The insurgents extort levies from the fishermen.

The military did not respond to a request for comment.

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