KONDUGA, Nigeria (AP) - Residents of a town in northeastern Nigeria where suspected Islamic extremists gunned down 47 worshippers praying in a mosque have demanded that the government give them weapons to defend themselves.
The attack, blamed on the Boko Haram terrorist network, took place Sunday, and district head Yale Zannah Masu told The Associated Press on Tuesday that his town of Konduga was besieged for hours and that 51 homes were set ablaze.
Zannah Masu spoke during a visit from the Borno state governor. He was met by enraged villagers who said the government sent too few troops to protect them.
Shetimma offered free medical treatment and 250,000 naira ($1,560) for each bereaved family in the latest of a slew of attacks blamed on anti-government religious extremists.
But the residents demanded weapons.
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