Nigerian soldiers receive military theory training from British soldiers (not pictured) during Flintlock 2014, a U.S.-led international training mission for African militaries, in Diffa, March 3, 2014. (REUTERS/Joe Penney)
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Gunmen on motorbikes in northwest Nigeria's Katsina state killed at least 69 people and torched several homes in attacks on four villages, a local lawmaker told AFP Thursday, amid rising communal tension in the region.Three people were killed earlier this month in Katsina when suspected Fulani gunmen opened fire at a checkpoint.The police chief insisted the attacks were not linked to Islamist group Boko Haram, whose insurgency has killed more than 500 people in the northeast already this year. Collomp escaped last year and Ansaru has not been linked to an attack in several months.Nigeria is Africa's most populous country with roughly 170 million people and some 250 ethnic groups and has been plagued by various forms of sectarian conflict for decades.
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