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Suspected Islamists kill 39 in Nigeria village raid: locals

Published on Mar 2, 2014 9:32 PM

KANO, Nigeria (AFP) - Gunmen suspected to be Boko Haram Islamists raided a village in northeastern Nigeria as people were preparing for prayers, killing 39 people, local residents said on Sunday.

Dozens of attackers dressed in military uniform stormed Mainok, almost 50 km from the troubled city of Maiduguri, on Saturday, firing rocket propelled grenades and Kalashnikovs.

Twin blasts on Saturday also killed at least 35 in Maiduguri, a Boko Haram stronghold.

"They came in around 7:00 pm and opened fire indiscriminately with RPGs (rocket propelled grenades), explosives and AK-47 rifles," said resident Yahaya Umar.

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