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Xinhua world news summary at 0030 GMT, April 17

17 Apr 2021, 11:30 GMT+10

ABUJA -- Eighteen people were killed and 21 others wounded when militants of the extremist group Boko Haram attacked Nigeria's northeastern town of Damasak earlier this week, wreaking havoc in the area, said a state governor on Friday.

Babagana Umara Zulum, governor of the restive state of Borno, told reporters on Friday during his visit to Damasak that he has confirmed from local residents 18 people had died and 21 injured in the Boko Haram attack on Tuesday. (Nigeria-Damasak-Boko Haram)

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DAMASCUS -- Three women and seven children were killed in a car crash on Friday in Syria's northern province of Aleppo, state news agency SANA reported.

The car fell into a water canal in the town of Rasm al-Ghazal in the countryside of Aleppo, said the report. (Syria-Car crash)

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GENEVA -- A shipwreck off the coast of southeast Tunisia killed at least 41 people Thursday evening, the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said in a joint press release on Friday.

According to the UN agencies, three survivors have been rescued and the search effort is still underway on Friday. (UN-Mediterranean-Shipwreck)

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HOUSTON -- The second death was confirmed on Friday after a vessel capsized in the waters of the Gulf of Mexico earlier this week, which left 11 crew members still missing.

Media quoted Lafourche Parish coroner John King from Louisiana as saying that the second crew member who was found dead from the capsized Seacor Power lift boat was 69-year-old Ernest Williams. (US-Capsized vessel)

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