Security personnel take positions as police officers run along the convoy of Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan after a People's Democratic Party (PDP) National Executive Council meeting in Abuja January 16, 2014. (REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde)
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Suspected Islamist gunmen shot dead 12 people in two separate attacks on villages near Nigeria's border with Niger while three others drowned in a river while fleeing, locals said Sunday.The attackers, thought to be from the Boko Haram militant group, on Thursday shot dead seven people in Gashigar village, a fishing community in Borno state, close to the Nigerian border with neighbouring Niger, the locals said.The attack came four days after a similar one on two other neighbouring villages -- Yawuma-ango and Jabulam -- in which gunmen shot dead five people, a former deputy local government council chairman in the district, Talba Gashigar, said.
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