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10 die in Nigeria Boko Haram attack

At least 10 people were killed when Boko Haram extremists attacked a village in north-east Nigeria and took over a major highway in the region, police said.

A local police official said the victims were all shot when a large group of attackers stormed their village and fired at fleeing residents.

The attack happened yesterday in Ngamdu, 60 miles (100km) west of the Borno state capital, Maiduguri.

Many other residents were injured in the attack, the official said.

Military units have moved into the region to fight the attackers, who have taken control of the only safe highway to Maiduguri.

Meanwhile, officials in Maiduguri said an attempted bomb attack at the city's largest bus station failed when an explosives-ladden tuk-tuk was prevented from entering the site early today.

The driver of the three-wheeled motorised rickshaw and four passengers then tried to attack a bus filled with passengers outside the station's entrance but the bus driver was able to quickly pull away before the tuk-tuk exploded, killing the driver and three of its occupants.

A fifth passenger in the tuk-tuk escaped on foot but was chased down and arrested by a civilian security group.

Three bystanders suffered minor injuries in the blast.

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