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Attack in Northeastern Nigeria Kills 25

Section of road controlled by Boko Haram, in northeastern Nigeria

Witnesses and authorities in Nigeria say suspected Boko Haram gunmen killed at least 25 people in the country's northeast.

They said the victims were mostly fishermen in the remote community of Doron Baga, north of Maiduguri in Borno state. Some witnesses put the death toll at higher than 40.

A suspected Boko Haram attack in Borno last week killed at least 45 people. Reports said militants stormed Azaya Kura village in the Mafa area Wednesday and attacked residents and destroyed houses. The militants also carted away food, wares and livestock.

Most residents in Mafa, the headquarters of the Mafa local council, fled their homes nearly two months ago after Boko Haram assailants established authority in the area.

Boko Haram is blamed for thousands of deaths during its five-year insurgency. The group has seized a number of towns of Borno and Adamawa states for what it calls a caliphate, to be ruled under strict Islamic law. The militant group kidnapped more than 200 school girls from Borno state in April.

Material for this report came from AFP and Reuters.