At least 39 dead in Monday insurgent attack in north Nigeria

December 2, 2014 3:35 PM

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DAMATURU, Nigeria (Reuters) - A suspected Boko Haram insurgent attack on a state capital in northeast Nigeria on Monday killed at least 39 people, a hospital morgue source said on Tuesday, giving the first reported death toll from the violence.

The source said 33 of the dead were policemen and six were soldiers, while 20 militants also died in their raid on Damaturu, the capital of Yobe state. The death toll was expected to rise with more corpses arriving on Tuesday, the source said.

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