Nigerian Islamists kill 36 in attacks on northeast town

by Reuters
Saturday, 20 September 2014 16:19 GMT

(Corrects to say remaining deaths were of militants, not soldiers)

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria, Sept 20 (Reuters) - Fighters from Nigerian Islamist militant group Boko Haram stormed the northeastern town of Mainok on Friday, killing at least 36 people, and were still attacking it on Saturday, two security sources said.

Among the dead were 23 civilians, the security sources said, the rest being Boko Haram miliants repelled by soldiers defending the town.

(Reporting by Lanre Ola; Writing by Tim Cocks; Editing by Greg Mahlich)

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