People gather near the rubble of houses after a bomb attack in Ajilari-Gomari near the city's airport, in Maiduguri. REUTERS/Stringer

Kano, Nigeria - Suspected Islamist insurgents attacked the town of Mafa in Nigeria's embattled northeast and killed 29 people after over-powering the soldiers deployed there to protect residents, an area senator said Monday.

“Twenty-nine people have been buried from the attack by Boko Haram gunmen (Sunday) night,” Borno state Senator Ahmed Zanna told AFP. “The soldiers fled because they could not match the firepower and numerical strength of the gunmen.”