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44 gunned down in Nigeria mosque

13 August 2013, 08:22

Nigeria - Security agents say suspected Islamic militants have gunned down 44 people praying at a mosque in northeast Nigeria.

The mosque was located in Konduga town, some 35km outside Maiduguri, the capital of Nigeria's Borno state.

A state security service agent and a member of a civilian vigilante group working with the military said on Monday they counted the bodies at the mosque after Sunday morning's attack.

The state security agent spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to talk to reporters.

Usman Musa of the civilian group says four of its vigilantes were also killed when they responded to calls for help.

Nigeria has been besieged by an Islamic uprising led by the Boko Haram militant group.

- AP


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