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6 killed after Guatemala volcano erupts

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GUATEMALA CITY — At least six people were killed and 20 others were injured after the Fuego volcano erupted near Guatemala City on Sunday, leaving the residents in panic, according to officials.

One of Central America’s most active volcanos erupted in fiery explosions of ash and molten rock towering cloud of smoke blanketed nearby villages in heavy ash. An undetermined number were missing, and authorities feared the toll could rise.

The volcano, situated about 40 km south-west of Guatemala City has been spouting ash and black smoke into the sky, which has spread to the capital and other places, according to several media reports.

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Due to this, operations at the La Aurora International Airport in Guatemala City has been closed and several people living near the volcano have been evacuated.

As per reports, the lava of the Fuego volcano ravaged a nearby village, causing heavy casualties.

The Guatemalan government has advised people to stay away from the affected areas and wear protective masks to prevent inhaling poisonous smoke and falling ash.

Meanwhile, Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales has declared a national emergency and urged people to stay calm and not wander around the affected area

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19 killed in Islamist militant attack on Nigerian village

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MAIDUGURI— At least 19 people have been killed in an Islamist militant attack on a village in northeast Nigeria, a survivor of the attack said.

The militants attacked the village of Mailari in the Guzamala region of Borno state at around 2 am Sunday, according to the survivor, Abatcha Umar.

The strike is the latest blow to Nigeria’s efforts to defeat insurgencies by the Nigerian Islamist Boko Haram group and Islamic State in West Africa (ISWA).

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Umar said he had counted 19 people killed. However,an aid worker at a camp that received the survivors, and who declined to be identified, put the death toll at 63.

The Islamist militants had been spotted around the village three days before their attack, said Umar. Locals had warned Nigerian troops stationed in the nearby town of Gudumbali, but no action was taken, he said.

In recent months, the military has suffered its heaviest defeats in years, commanders have been repeatedly replaced, and special forces soldiers have mutinied.

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