October 29, 2014 / 4:53 PM / 4 years ago

Islamists attack northeast Nigerian town, several killed: witnesses

YOLA Nigeria (Reuters) - Suspected Islamist Boko Haram insurgents stormed the northeast Nigerian town of Mubi on Wednesday, killing several people, burning houses and triggering a gunbattle with security forces, witnesses said.

A security source confirmed the attack and said the military was sending in reinforcements to try to push back the attackers.

“They were burning houses and many people have died,” said Beatrice Elisha, a civil servant trapped in the town.

Reporting by Imma Ande; Editing by Mark Heinrich; Writing by Tim Cocks

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