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At least 20 dead in attacks on Nigerian villages

May 13, 2013 at 4:07 PM

MAKURDI, Nigeria, May 13 (UPI) -- At least three dozen people died in southern Nigeria after a large group of gunmen attacked villagers and burned their homes, officials said.

A group of about 19 masked men were involved in the attacks on two villages in Benue state, the Vanguard reported Monday. The report said 20 villagers were among the victims.

A witness said the attacks occurred about 6 a.m. Sunday but were halted when a group from another village arrived to help defend the residents.

Seventeen attackers died in the resulting clash, witnesses said.

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