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    Airstrike Kills 36 Civilians in Niger, Funeral Mistaken for Boko Haram Unit

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    An airstrike killed 36 people at a funeral in a Niger border town mistaken for a Boko Haram gathering, while the group continues attacking civilians.

    An airstrike in the border town of Abadam in Niger killed 36 people and injured another 27 when an unidentified plane bombed a funeral procession, likely mistaken for a gathering of militants, on Wednesday.

    An official from Niger blamed Nigeria's Air Force, which denied the allegations of having carried out the bombing.

    "It's not to my knowledge and there has not been any report from our people of such an incident," Air Commodore Dele Alonge, a spokesman for Nigeria's air force, told AFP.

    Also on Wednesday, eight civilians were killed by Boko Haram fighters in a village in northern Cameroon, where they set houses on fire and stole around 70 cattle.

    Earlier on Wednesday, the Nigerian Army claimed to have killed at least 300 Boko Haram militants during the retaking of Monguno on Monday.

    Boko Haram is a militant group, which aims at establishing an Islamic state in northern Nigeria. Large swathes of land in the Borno State, as well as in neighboring Adamawa and Yobe are believed to be under control of the Islamists. The Boko Haram insurgency has left over 13,000 people dead since 2009.

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    funerals, accident, attack, airstrike, Nigerian Air Force, Dele Alonge, Niger, Cameroon
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