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Suspected Islamic Militants Kill 10 Christians in Northern Nigeria

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Suspected Islamic militants have gone on a murderous rampage in a village in northern Nigeria, killing at least 10 Christians.

Residents of Chibok in Borno state say the gunmen stormed into the village late Saturday and targeted Christians. Witnesses say the suspects killers slit the throats of their victims and burned down their homes.

Nigerian officials have not yet confirmed the details of the attack, but one official says it is likely the work of the radical Islamic group Boko Haram.

Human rights groups blame Boko Haram for more than 3,000 deaths since 2009 as it tries to set up a conservative Islamic state in northern Nigeria. Its terrorist targets have included police stations and Christian churches.

The name Boko Haram means "Western education is a sin" in the Hausa language.

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