At least 44 people were murdered at a mosque in Konduga, a town in Borno state in northeastern Nigeria on Sunday, the BBC reports. Twelve more were murdered in Ngom village, closer to Maiduguri, the state capital.
“We believe the attack was not unconnected with the cooperation residents are giving to security operatives in identifying and arresting Boko Haram members in their midst,” a senior government official told the AFP news agency.
While the group has frequently attacked churches, it has also occasionally targeted mosques, sometimes those whose preachers disagree with their views.
The attackers wore military uniforms, officials say, which they may have taken during recent attacks on a barracks.
Nigeria’s Daily Post reported that a further 26 people were being treated for injuries in hospital in Maiduguri.
“Boko Haram” is a fancy name for an army of violent thugs.