MAIDUGURI, Nigeria Feb 12 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 but said it was still assessing the number of casualties.
(Reporting by Ibrahim Mshelizza; Writing by Joe Brock; Editing
by Jon Boyle)