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Extremists return to torch village, 3 dead

24 February 2014, 06:41

Yola — Survivors in Izghe say three people have been killed when extremists returned and torched remaining homes after 106 others died there last week.

District head Bulama Agapu said he went back to Izghe to persuade some elderly people to leave when militants attacked Sunday.

He said they killed a man and two women, and used firebombs to raze thatched huts. Hundreds were destroyed in the February 15 attack that killed 106.

The military says the attackers are fleeing aerial bombardments on forest hideouts. Local officials say the soldiers are losing the war to halt an Islamic uprising in the northeast of Africa's biggest oil producer.

Tens of thousands have fled such attacks and the fallout from a military campaign since a state of emergency was imposed last May.

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