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Korean doctors found dead

LAGOS — Three North Korean doctors have been killed in the north-eastern Nigerian state of Yobe, officials say.

Residents said they were killed during the night in the town of Potiskum. Two of them had their throats slit while the third was beheaded, they added.

Officials said the victims had been working at a government-run hospital.

No-one has said they were behind the attack, but it happened in an area where the Islamist militant group, Boko Haram, has been active in recent years.

More than 600 people were believed to have been killed in 2012 by the group, which is fighting to overthrow the government and create an Islamic state in Nigeria’s predominantly Muslim north.

Yobe state police commissioner Sanusi Rufai said it was nevertheless too early to know who was behind the attack, which happened either late yesterday or before dawn today. Police have begun an investigation.

The victims were reportedly found inside their flat this morning, after people became worried that they were not answering the door.

An official at the General Hospital in Potiskum told the Associated Press that the victims had worked there.

He added that their block of flats had no security guards, and that they had routinely travelled through the town in taxis without a police escort. (BBC)

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