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Suspected Islamists Kill Nearly 100 in Nigeria

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FILE - People are seen next to dead bodies, laid out for burial, in the village of Konduga, in northeastern Nigeria, on Feb. 12, 2014, after an attack by Boko Haram militants killed 39 people.

FILE - People are seen next to dead bodies, laid out for burial, in the village of Konduga, in northeastern Nigeria, on Feb. 12, 2014, after an attack by Boko Haram militants killed 39 people.

Suspected Islamist militants have killed more than 90 Christian villagers in an attack in northeastern Nigeria.

Witnesses say the suspected militants, dressed as soldiers, attacked the village of Izghe in Borno state late Saturday night.

Hundreds of residents were forced to flee the area as attackers looted local businesses and set fire to homes before leaving in stolen vehicles.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but authorities suspect the Islamist militant group Boko Haram was behind the attack.

Last week, the group killed 39 villagers in a similar attack on another town in Borno state.

Efforts by the Nigerian military to stamp out the group have not stopped the violence.

Boko Haram has been fighting to impose Islamist Sharia law on a country split roughly equally between Christians and Muslims.

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