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Boko Haram Kills Six in Maiduguri


Boko Haram struck Friday at Damboa mosque in Maiduguri, Borno, killing six people.
A suicide bomber was said to have blew himself up at a mosque.
Nigerian Army spokesman Colonel Sani Usman said the attack happened at about 5:15 am in the town of Damboa, some 90 kilometres southwest of the Borno state capital, Maiduguri.
He blamed the attack on “two Boko Haram terrorists”.
“The first suicide bomber targeted Damboa Central Mosque but due to stringent security measures he could not gain entry. Obviously frustrated, he exploded and died near the central mosque,” he added.
“However, the second bomber veered off and gained entry into another smaller mosque and detonated the bomb, killing himself and six other worshippers and injuring one other person.
“The wounded have been evacuated to a hospital while efforts are on to clear the rubble. Troops and other security agencies have been mobilised to the area.”
The attack is the latest against a mosque in northeast Nigeria and the wider Lake Chad region, as part of a campaign of violence by the Islamist group against civilian “soft” targets.
On June 27, two would-be suicide bombers were killed in Maiduguri, as they tried to target an overnight Ramadan vigil at a mosque on the Damboa Road.
Three days later, at least 10 people were killed in the town of Djakana, in northern Cameroon near the Nigerian border, when a suicide bomber blew himself up.
On July 4, the Nigerian Army said it thwarted an attempted suicide bombing by three women against people displaced by Boko Haram in Monguno, northeast of Maiduguri.
There has been a relative lull in attacks, as troops regain control of territory once held by Boko Haram, whose fighters have been pushed into remote rural areas towards Lake Chad.
Usman said suspected Boko Haram fighters also attacked the village of Gaskeri, near the sprawling internally displaced people’s camp at Dalori, outside Maiduguri, on Thursday night.
“They killed three civilian vigilantes and looted foodstuffs. Troops have been mobilised and they are on the suspected terrorists’ trail,” he added.

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