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Suicide bombers strike again in Maiduguri

Suicide bombers in MaiduguriSuspected suicide bombers killed at least 12 people and injured 26 in Nigeria’s Borno State, epicentre of the Islamist militant Boko Haram insurgency, the chairman of the local emergency agency said.

The attacks are the latest in a series of bombings in the restive north-east that have killed at least 200 people since June 1, according to a Reuters tally.

“Three suicide bombers infiltrated Mashimari, in Konduga Local Government,” said Ahmed Satomi, chairman of Borno’s State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA). The area is south-east of Maiduguri.

Another SEMA official said the suicide bombers joined a gathering of farmers in Mashimari before detonating their devices as they mingled with the group.

Nobody has yet claimed responsibility for the attacks, but the use of suicide bombers is a Boko Haram hallmark.

Boko Haram, which is trying to create an Islamic state in the Lake Chad region that includes north-east Nigeria, has killed more than 20,000 people and caused over two million to flee since 2009.