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Nigeria today joined the list of countries where journalists are routinely murdered and assaulted without any convictions for their attackers.

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Witnesses in a northeast Nigeria village where officials say at least 187 people were killed in an assault by the military and Islamic extremists said soldiers purposefully set fire to civilian homes, directly contradicting the government’s claims.

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