Police: 5 killed in northeast Nigeria violence

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Police say gunmen wearing military uniforms arrested and shot dead five people in northeast Nigeria as violence escalates in the region.

Taraba state police spokesman Ibiang Mbaseki said Saturday that the attack happened Friday night in a remote village in his state. Mbaseki said witnesses told police the gunmen claimed to come from Abuja.

The spokesman said the police had no information about a military operation in the area and would continue to investigate the killings.

Killings in rural areas often get blamed on so-called "fake soldiers," attackers who wear military-style camouflage clothing during assaults. It remains easy to buy uniforms off the street in Nigeria.

The killings come as a radical Islamist sect known as Boko Haram carries out more attacks in the country.