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Nigeria bus fire, killed 30

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Nigeria bus fire
At least 30 people have been killed in a bus fire in Nigeria's Sokoto state. The attack took place on Tuesday, December 7 local time. Reuters quoted police and locals as saying.

The gunmen are known locally as bandits, whose were carried out violent attacks on villagers and abducted more than 100 students in the north of the country last year.

The bus was carrying 24 passengers, said Sanusi Abubakar, a spokeswoman for the northwestern Borno state police. Members of the armed group set the bus on fire. Seven people escaped with injuries. They were later taken to hospital.

But two local residents said the bus was crowded and the burn victims were unrecognizable when they arrived at the scene and were rescuing people from the burning bus. They said they saw the bodies of at least 30 people, including women and children, on the bus.

Locals said gunmen stormed a road connecting Sabon Birni and Gidan Bawa villages in Borno state.

Locals allege that Nigeria, like neighboring Mali and Burkina Faso, has become a regular target for the Islamic militant group Al Qaeda and IS. They say robbers roam motorbikes and hide in forests, where they often hold hostages and demand ransom.

Since 2012 and 2013, terrorist groups have taken control of large parts of Africa. Since then the mass people there have been suffering from insecurity. There have been incidents of raids in villages, abduction of cattle, theft of houses, and setting fire to houses. Moreover, civilians are often killed in clashes with Western forces.

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