Boko Haram coordinated attacks leave 18 killed

BOKO HARAM: Something is fundamentally wrong with our military —Ex-Gov Duke

The so called insurgent group in Nigeria whom the FG claimed to have been technically defeated, strikes again.

The Boko Haram militants tried to enter the center of Maidugiri, the provincial capital of Borno state, but army soldiers repelled them, gunning down six armed insurgents and seven suicide bombers, army spokesman Colonel Onyema Nwachukwu said.

Meanwhile, a 14-year-old Boko Haram insurgent (name withheld) has surrendered to troops of Operation Lafiya Dole.

On Friday, four girl suicide bombers, aged between 13 and 18, killed two people in multiple attacks in Zawuya settlement on the outskirts of Maiduguri.

Nwachukwu said the attackers were on a mission to carry out major attack on Maiduguri.

Residents of Maiduguri retreated to their homes Sunday night during an hours-long battle marked by thunderous explosions and gunfire.

Ever since the Boko Haram started its campaign of violence to create an Islamic state in northern Nigeria in 2009, it has killed some 20,000 people and displaced over two million.




UN's Deputy Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria, Yassine Gaba, said: "The recent weeks have seen a steady continuation of attacks on civilians in the three most conflict-affected states of Borno, Adamawa and Yobe, in the north-east of Nigeria", Gaba said.

The army also confirmed that 15 persons including a soldier lost their lives and 83 others wounded when the insurgents attacked the communities on Sunday.

Late last month, when more than 100 schoolgirls were returned to Dapchi after being kidnapped by the jihadist group, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari said his government was offering amnesty to "repentant" jihadists. Still reportedly adverse to talks is another faction, known as Shekau.

But the process is troubled by factionalism within Boko Haram, say senior security officials.

"The gunmen came with the suicide bombers, and as they were engaged by soldiers, some of them sneaked into the confused fleeing crowd and detonated themselves killing about 15 people, leaving over 80 others injured", said Momodu Bukar, an operative of Civilian-JTF.

"The major headache now is extending the talks to the Shekau faction which is averse to negotiations".

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