Monday 23 April 2018

At least 15 dead in Boko Haram extremist attack on Nigerian city

Victims of a Boko Haram attack wait for treatment at a hospital in Maiduguri, Nigeria (AP)
Victims of a Boko Haram attack wait for treatment at a hospital in Maiduguri, Nigeria (AP)

At least 15 people have died after Boko Haram Islamic extremists struck the Nigerian city of Maiduguri with grenades and suicide bombers.

Witnesses said the suicide bombers blew themselves up as soldiers were trying to repel an attack by insurgents who arrived firing from the back of three trucks and launched grenades that set homes afire in Duwari village, near a major military barracks.

As people fled and soldiers engaged in a shootout, a woman pretending she was a victim of Boko Haram exploded in the midst of a family.

A second woman jumped into the fray and detonated herself.

It comes as Nigeria's government said it had contained the Islamic uprising that has killed 20,000 people in six years.

Press Association

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