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Official: 143 killed in Nigeria

on September 20, 2013 10:00 AM

BENISHEIK, Nigeria (AP) — An environmental department official says workers combing bushes have recovered the bodies of at least 143 civilians killed by suspected Islamic militants in northeast Nigeria.

Abdulazeez Kolomi told The Associated Press that environmental workers also found some beheaded corpses among victims of a Tuesday night attack on a major highway and Benisheik village some 45 miles northeast of the Borno state capital of Maiduguri.

A soldier, speaking on condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to speak to reporters, said Thursday that extremists disguised in military fatigues attacked in 20 pickup trucks firing anti-aircraft guns that overwhelmed soldiers using automatic rifles and rocket-propelled grenades.

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