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As violence reigns, some flee north Nigeria

NNEWI, Nigeria (AP) -- Gathered for discussions about a funeral, a town hall meeting held in northern Nigeria by members of a Christian ethnic group turned into a bloodbath as members of a radical Islamist sect opened fire with assault rifles.

More attacks have followed, and many Igbos are now fleeing the north even as state officials and others downplay the exodus, likely out of fear of sparking retaliatory violence.

The Igbo people of Nigeria's east do business across the multiethnic nation of more than 160 million people. However, they have been targeted in some attacks carried out by the radical sect known as Boko Haram.

The fleeing Igbo people are a faint, but grim echo of the days before Nigeria's brutal 1960s civil war that killed 1 million people.

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