Fifteen dead after suspect Boko Haram attack


A suspected Boko Haram attack in Nigerian city Maiduguri killed 15 people and wounded 68, an emergency agency official said, in the biggest strike since government said it was in talks with the Islamist group.

Maiduguri is the epicentre of the nine-year conflict with Boko Haram that has killed more than 20,000 people.

President Muhammadu Buhari prioritised improving security and previously said the group, which is trying establish an Islamic State and split into two factions in 2016, was defeated.

The attack took place on Sunday night in Bale Shuwari, a settlement near army barracks on the edge of Maiduguri’s inner city, military sources said.
“Sixty-eight were injured and 15 innocent people were killed,” said Bello Dambatta, chairman of the rapid response team for the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA).

It is the most significant attack on the city since government last week said it was is in talks with the insurgents to secure a permanent ceasefire.

Government has not disclosed which elements of Boko Haram it is in discussions with and neither was it clear which faction carried out Sunday’s attack.