11 dead as Nigerian troops repel Boko Haram suicide bombers

AP
Published Feb 17, 2017, 2:44 pm IST
Updated Feb 17, 2017, 2:44 pm IST
Police say three female suicide bombers detonated vehicles parked at a truck station around midnight.
It was the fiercest attack in months by Boko Haram on the city that is the birthplace of the Islamic insurgency. (Photo: Representational Image)
 It was the fiercest attack in months by Boko Haram on the city that is the birthplace of the Islamic insurgency. (Photo: Representational Image)

Maiduguri: Witnesses and soldiers say 11 people have been killed as Nigerian troops battled Boko Haram suicide bombers and fighters to repel an attack on the outskirts of northeastern Maiduguri city.

They say nine suicide bombers and two civilians died early Friday. It was the fiercest attack in months by Boko Haram on the city that is the birthplace of the Islamic insurgency.

Police say three female suicide bombers detonated vehicles parked at a truck station around midnight. The two civilians died there.

Self-defence fighters say soldiers later fired at gunmen on motorcycles escorting suicide bombers, killing at least six of the bombers.

Soldiers last year drove the Boko Haram insurgents from northeastern towns, but isolated attacks and suicide bombings continue. The seven-year Islamic uprising has killed more than 20,000 people.





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