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Indonesia quake death toll jumps to 347

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LOMBOK — The death toll from the deadly earthquake in the Indonesian island of Lombok Lombok has risen to 347, according to the government-run Antara news agency.

The governor of the province that includes Lombok, the military and the national search and rescue agency have however issued different death tolls that ranged from 226 to 381.

The rise in death toll comes as Facebook apologises for automatically decorating posts about the deadly earthquake with images of balloons and confetti on the social media platform.

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The powerful magnitude-6.9 quake that struck the island on Sunday has left tens of thousands of people homeless and tourists stranded in airports.

Rescue efforts have intensified to find people buried in rubble following the earthquake that shook Indonesia’s Lombok island.

The national disaster agency has stood by its latest death toll of 131 from Sunday’s quake despite other government agencies including the military reporting much higher figures.


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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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