25 killed in Nigeria fire attack

2014-04-23 07:29
In this photo taken with a mobile phone, people run as smoke billows through the sky after an attack. (Abdulkareem Haruna, AP)

In this photo taken with a mobile phone, people run as smoke billows through the sky after an attack. (Abdulkareem Haruna, AP)

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Abuja - Twenty-five people were killed and their village set on fire on Tuesday in north-eastern Nigeria, according to officials.

Taraba state Governor Alhaji Garba Umar confirmed the attack in Andoyaku, in the Wukari area.

Several people were reported injured in the incident, which sent residents fleeing.

Reports attributed the attack to Fulani cattle raiders, despite attempts by Umar to broker peace between them and local farmers.

Separately, new reported indicated that the number of girls abducted by suspected Islamist radicals from a boarding school in the country's north last week could actually be more than 200, a figure far higher than had been initially reported.

Premium Times quoted officials as saying 85 students remained unaccounted for, after a total of 129 were abducted or went missing during a raid by suspected members of the Islamist group Boko Haram at a secondary school in Chibok in northern Borno state on 14 April.

The 44 that were accounted for fled from the abductors. Other officials have given the number of students still missing at 78.

Parents of some of the missing students, however, told state Governor Kashim Shettima during a visit to Chibok that 230 of them remained unaccounted for.

Borno is one of three northern states that the government placed under a state of emergency in May to curb attacks by Boko Haram, which is responsible for the deaths of thousands of people since it began its insurgency in 2009.

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