Residents flee town after Nigeria mosque slaughterAgence France-Presse . Konduga, Nigeria
Residents fled the northern Nigerian town of Konduga on Tuesday after suspected Islamists disguised as soldiers shot dead dozens of people in a mosque just before morning prayers.
The massacre in Konduga in the embattled northeastern state of Borno happened early Sunday and has been blamed on the Islamist group Boko Haram, responsible for hundreds of deaths in the region.
A separate attack late Saturday in Ngom village in the nearby Mafa district left 12 people dead, according to local officials. Details have been slow to emerge amid a phone blackout imposed by the military in the area.
An AFP reporter saw residents streaming out of Konduga carrying suitcases on Tuesday, as Borno’s Governor Kashim Shettima visited the town with journalists.
One woman said she was heading with her two daughters to the state capital Maiduguri roughly 30 kilometres away after her husband and son were shot dead in the attack.
‘They were killed by Boko Haram in the mosque,’ she said.
Officials had previously given a death of toll of 44, but local leaders later said that 47 people had been killed.
Nigeria's military said it had killed the second-in-command of Islamist group Boko Haram while repelling an insurgent attack earlier this month.
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