By Gavin Jones ROME (Reuters) - More than 4,200 migrants trying to reach Europe have been rescued from boats in the Mediterranean in last 24 hours, the Italian coastguard said on Saturday. In some of the most intense Mediterranean migrant traffic of the year, a total of 4,243 people have been saved from fishing boats and rubber dinghies in 22 operations involving ships from nations including Italy, Ireland, Germany, Belgium and Britain. On Friday the Italian navy said 17 dead bodies had been found on one of the boats off Libya.
Nigerian troops pushed back an attack by Boko Haram insurgents on the outskirts of Borno state capital Maiduguri in the early hours of Saturday, a Reuters reporter and military source said. The attack occured barely a day after the inauguration of President Muhammadu Buhari, who swore to crush the Islamist militant group and move the command centre of defence to the Borno state capital. A military source said the shooting took place around the Damboa road after the small settlement of Mule on the edge of the city of two million.