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Gunmen kill 18 in raid on village in Kaduna State

25 June 2014, 07:32

Jos - At least 18 people were killed when gunmen stormed a village in the Kaduna state overnight, a police spokesman said on Tuesday, the latest in daily bloody attacks that have racked the country.

The gunmen raided the village in southern Kaduna late on Monday night, spokesman Aminu Lawan told Reuters.

"There was an attack and by our records 18 people were killed," he said.

It was not immediately clear who was behind the killings in Kaduna, which demonstrate once again the inability of the government to protect rural areas from suspected militants.

Boko Haram recently it has increasingly targeted civilians, emboldened by global publicity after it kidnapped more than 200 girls from a school in the remote Borno village of Chibok in April.

Military officials are looking into reports that suspected insurgents over the weekend raided at least three villages in Borno, the security source said.

Two residents of the Borno village of Lassa, which wasn't attacked, told Reuters they spoke to people who reportedly fled as militants killed men and kidnapped "many" women and children.

At least eight people were killed and 20 wounded by an explosion at a college campus in the heart of the city of Kano during school hours on Monday.

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