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Nigerian Villagers Caught in Crossfire

Exhausted, hungry villagers fleeing days of fighting in the oil-rich Niger Delta told Friday of Nigerian soldiers and ethnic militants firing indiscriminately, leaving scores dead. The fighting between Ijaw and Itsekiri tribal fighters began March 12 and has since drawn in Nigerian military troops who, witnesses say, have launched retaliatory attacks against Ijaw villages in the swampy region. Ijaw militants say 50 of their fighters were killed in fighting with soldiers in the village of Okorenkoko on Thursday. Ten soldiers were killed in an Ijaw ambush near the village of Oporoza, Nigerian newspapers reported Friday. Dozens of deaths have been reported in fighting elsewhere. Full Story

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