X Close

World

Published: Thursday February 13, 2014 MYT 1:15:02 AM
Updated: Thursday February 13, 2014 MYT 1:15:02 AM

Nigeria's Boko Haram kill 51 in northeast attack - witnesses

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (Reuters) - Gunmen from Islamist sect Boko Haram killed 51 people in an attack on a town in northeast Nigeria, witnesses said on Wednesday, in a region where President Goodluck Jonathan's troops are struggling to contain its insurgency.

Dozens of Boko Haram fighters speeding along in trucks painted in military colours and armed with automatic weapons and explosives stormed Konduga local government area in Borno state at around 4 p.m. on Tuesday, burning houses and shooting fleeing villagers, two witnesses said.

The insurgents also took 20 young girls from a local college hostage, a teacher said. The military confirmed the attack took place. It was still assessing the number of casualties.

"It is barbaric and unfortunate," Borno State Governor Kashim Shettima said when he visited the town on Wednesday.

"About 60 to 70 percent of the town has been burnt down but we are willing to rebuild it," he added, pledging to spend 100 million naira ($609,000) on emergency materials.

Boko Haram, which wants to impose sharia law on a country split roughly equally between Christians and Muslims, has killed thousands over the past four and a half years and is considered the biggest security risk in Africa's top oil exporter and second largest economy after South Africa. ($1 = 164.2 naira)

(Reporting by Ibrahim Mshelizza and Lanre Ola; Writing by Joe Brock; Editing by Ralph Boulton)

advertisement

  1. Unhealthy API readings in Sibu, Port Klang and Seri Manjung
  2. Selangor MB crisis: Khalid has another supporter - Nik Aziz
  3. Unhealthy air quality in Port Klang, Seri Manjung and Sibu
  4. Weightlifter Mohd Hafifi wins Malaysia's first gold medal at Commonwealth Games
  5. MH17: First crash victim identified, says Netherlands
  6. Developers banking on track record
  7. Malacca murals defaced
  8. Driving to Singapore to cost more
  9. Massive toll rate hike for Causeway users from Aug 1, including Singapore-bound vehicles
  10. RM400 one-way pass to go home

advertisement

advertisement