55 killed in Nigeria mosque attack

55 killed in Nigeria mosque attack
Tue Aug 13, 2013 07:24:22

At least 55 worshippers have been shot dead at a mosque in northeast Nigeria, officials in Borno State say.

The killings took place during dawn prayers on Sunday morning, although news only emerged on Monday.

The attack occurred in the town of Konduga, 35km (22 miles) from the state capital Maiduguri.

No group has yet claimed responsibilty for the attack.

But, the gunmen are suspected to be from the group Boko Haram, which has killed thousands in northern Nigeria since 2009.

Nigeria's Daily Post reported that a further 26 people were being treated for injuries in hospital in Maiduguri.

A member of a civilian vigilante group told the Associated Press that four of their number were killed when they responded to calls for help.

Twelve further civilians were killed at Ngom village, closer to Maiduguri, reports say.

Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan declared a state of emergency in three north-eastern states in May as his troops carry out an offensive against the Islamist militants.

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