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Five dead in forest fire in India’s Tamil Nadu

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TAMIL NADU — At least five of the 40 college students who were trapped in a massive forest fire that broke out in southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu on Sunday have died.

The students were trapped in a forest fire in the hills above Kurangani, a tourist spot in the Western Ghats of Theni district on Sunday evening, local media reported. The five trekkers died of burn injuries, officials said.

Thirty of them have been rescued and taken to hospital. Search and rescue operations for the other missing trekkers continued overnight. The Indian Air Force, which has been pressed into service for rescue operations, is sending a helicopter to the affected area.

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A fire broke broke out in Kurangini hills in Tamil Nadu’s Theni district when a group, which had 25 women and 3 children, went on a trek organised by the Chennai Trekking Club.

According to preliminary reports, the students were climbing down the hills from Munnar in Kerala to Theni on their own.

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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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