Nigerian airstrike kills 20 civilians

2014-03-01 22:02

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Yola - Survivors say a Nigerian jet targeting Islamic extremist hideouts bombed a north-eastern village and killed 20 civilians.

They say the airstrike on Friday hit Daglun, a village near Nigeria's border with Cameroon. Islamic extremists have slain nearly 100 people in that area this week.

Military spokesperson Captain Jafaru Nuru said he was unaware that any bombs killed civilians.

An elderly resident of Daglun said he was sitting under a tree when he saw bombs dropping from a military aircraft.

A nurse at the local hospital said it received many dead and wounded. A community leader said 20 people died. All requested anonymity citing fear of military reprisals.

Jets have been bombing the area for weeks as part of a nine-month effort to suppress an Islamic insurgency in Africa's biggest oil producer.

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