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Niger State: More children’s bodies found in boat tragedy

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Five more bodies of the victims of a boat accident involving women and children fleeing armed gang violence in central Nigeria have been found.

The head of the Niger state emergency agency, Ahmad Ibrahim Inga, told the BBC the bodies of four children and one man were found on Thursday.

Now a total of 13 people have been confirmed dead in the boat tragedy – 10 of them children. Their burials have taken place.

The victims from the village of Galkogo in Niger state were fleeing a deadly attack by gunmen on their community on Tuesday.

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Their boat then capsized on a major river. Some managed to escape.

Officials said the boat carrying dozens of people was weak and overloaded.

Armed gangs locally known as bandits have stepped up attacks in northern Nigeria displacing nearly a million people.

-BBC

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