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Nigeria's Potiskum cattle market raid 'kills dozens'

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Published: 3rd May 2012 11:58:00

Dozens of people have been killed in an attack on a cattle market in north-eastern Nigeria, witnesses have told the BBC.

Witnesses say they saw several bodies being removed after the market in Potiskum, Yobe state, was set on fire by gunmen armed with explosives.

A hospital source told the AFP news agency up to 34 people died.

Police say the attack may be in revenge for the killing by traders of a man who had earlier tried to steal cattle.

Correspondents say the attack, which happened late on Wednesday, does not appear to be the work of the radical Islamist group Boko Haram, which has carried out deadly bombings and shootings across northern Nigeria in the past 20 months.

Cattle raids are common in the north of Nigeria.

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