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Nearly 70 people have died in days of fighting between Nigerian forces and suspected Islamist gunmen

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Nigeria gun battles

Several days of violence in the Nigeria's northeast has left churches bombed and people hiding in fear.The country's authorities said at least 61 people have died in the violence.The government has now ordered a dusk until dawn curfew in the Yobe state, where at least 50 people died, following attacks by the sect known as Boko Haram.In Maiduguri, the capital of neighbouring Borno state, bombs reduced at least three churches to rubble and raised fears of further attacks by a group that claimed Christmas Eve bombings last year that killed dozens.The fighting began Thursday in the two states, with gunfire and explosions heard into the night and the following day in an arid region that borders Cameroon, Chad and Niger.

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