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44 worshipers killed in Nigeria

At least 44 worshipers have been shot dead at a mosque in northeast Nigeria. The killings took place during prayers Sunday morning but news only emerged Monday.

The attack occurred in the town of Konduga, 35 kilometres from the state capital Maiduguri. The gunmen are suspected to be from the Islamist group Boko Haram, which has killed thousands in northern Nigeria since 2009. Nigeria's Daily Post reported that a further 26 people were being treated for injuries in hospital. A member of a civilian vigilante group told the Associated Press that four of their numbers were killed when they responded to calls for help.

Goodluck Jonathan, Nigeria's President declared a state of emergency in three north-eastern states in May as his troops carry out an offensive against the Islamist militants.