Twenty die in attack on Nigeria mosque

AFP-JIJI

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.

The latest attack by the extremist group, which has been waging an insurgency since 2009, struck on Saturday morning at the town of Damboa in Borno state, the group’s stronghold.

Borno was placed under a state of emergency in mid-May, when the military shut down the mobile phone network to block Islamists from coordinating attacks in an operation aimed at crushing the insurgency. With the communication network switched off, details of attacks have been slow to emerge and difficult to verify.