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October 29 1999 at 06:09PM

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Lagos - At least 16 people have died following poisonous bites by the same snake in northern Nigeria, a top official said on Friday.

All the victims were attacked by the cobra in the last 10 days in Birnin Kudu, the capital of the northern state of Kebbi, an official in the governor's office said.

The snake attacked its victims one after the other, he said.

A local journalist confirming the report said: "It would appear suddenly, strike a victim before disappearing, only to reappear to bite yet another."

The last of the victims died on Thursday, he added.

The official said the government was planning on Friday to launch a public campaign against overgrown weeds. People would also be given vaccines against snake bites. - Sapa-AFP

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