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Islamists kill 13 near a mosque in northeast

17 August 2013, 07:15

Maiduguri - A Nigerian legislator and a survivor say suspected Islamic militants have killed 13 people in an attack on a northeast village near where a massacre occurred at a mosque.

Legislator Ayamu Lawan Gwasha said security forces repelled gunmen who attacked the police station and a military post in Damboa, 85km from Borno state capital Maiduguri, on Thursday night.

Farmer Mustapha Aji said other militants gunned down villagers and fire bombed about 20 homes. He said villagers had feared an attack since extremists gunned down 47 worshippers at a mosque in Konduga village on Sunday. They had asked for more security, but it hadn't yet arrived.

Northeast Nigeria confronts an uprising by Islamic extremists who want an Islamic state in the secular country divided about equally between Christians and Muslims.

- AP


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