Clash between Boko Haram, Nigerian troops leaves 20 dead
AFPMAIDUGURI, Nigeria -- Boko Haram Islamists claimed five lives in an attack on a mosque in northeast Nigeria over the weekend, before being repulsed by soldiers who killed 15 of the insurgents, the military said in a statement Sunday.
October 8, 2013, 12:08 am TWN
The latest attack by the extremist group, which has been waging an insurgency since 2009, struck on Saturday morning at Damboa town in Borno state, the group's stronghold.
“The terrorists ... attacked worshippers in a mosque and killed five of them who came to perform their morning prayers,” said the military's statement quoting Captain Aliyu Ibrahim Danja, army spokesman for the region.
“They also set ablaze the official residence and palace of the District Head along with some shops.