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Dozens Killed As Militants Burn Children In Nigeria

A survivor recalled hearing the screams of children as they burned to death.

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In an attack that lasted several hours, militants with the Boko Haram extremist group firebombed houses and huts in the village of Dalori, near the city of Maiduguri.

Boko Haram's deadly insurgency killed more than 6,600 people in Nigeria last year, making it the world's deadliest terror group, according to a Global Terrorism Index report.

Tens of thousands of people have also been displaced by the group, which seeks independence from the authorities in the capital, Abuja, and the establishment of an Islamic state under strict Sharia law.

Boko Haram was also behind the abduction of some 300 Nigerian schoolgirls in Chibook in 2014.

A coalition of African nations has been established to combat the group, whose militants continue to wage attacks and bombings on villages and places of worship.

CORRECTION

The attack occurred on Saturday night. An earlier version of this story incorrectly reported it occurred on Sunday.

David Mack is a reporter and weekend editor for BuzzFeed News in New York.

Contact David Mack at david.mack@buzzfeed.com.

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