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Boko Haram Attacks Island on Niger Side of Lake Chad

Boko Haram militants attacked an island on Niger's side of Lake Chad late on Friday and heavy fighting ensued as the army sought to repel them, residents and security sources said. The Lake Chad area - a vast maze of tiny islands and swampland sheltering thousands of Nigerian refugees - is thought to be serving as a hideout for the Islamist insurgent group. “There was heavy weapons and machine gun fire from about 2000 local time,” said a resident of Niger's nearby lakeside town...

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