Sui­cide at­tacks rock Nige­ria

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SUI­CIDE bombers killed nine peo­ple and wounded 13 oth­ers in mul­ti­ple blasts in north­east Nige­ria’s Maiduguri, po­lice said yes­ter­day, the lat­est in a spate of at­tacks in the city worst hit by the Is­lamist mil­i­tant Boko Haram in­sur­gency.

A num­ber of sui­cide bomb at­tacks by sus­pected mem­bers of the ji­hadist group have taken place in the cap­i­tal of Borno state and its en­vi­rons in the last few weeks, in­clud­ing blasts that killed 12 peo­ple on June 19 and a June 7 raid which left 14 dead.

Borno po­lice said a male sui­cide bomber killed a se­cu­rity guard af­ter en­ter­ing the Uni­ver­sity of Maiduguri, near the city cen­tre, on Sun­day evening at 10.20pm.

Four fe­male sui­cide bombers killed eight peo­ple around an hour later on the out­skirts of the city in Zan­nari com­mu­nity, in the Gwange district of Jere lo­cal gov­ern­ment author­ity af­ter det­o­nat­ing de­vices in res­i­den­tial build­ings.

Two fe­male sui­cide bombers were the only peo­ple to die in two blasts at the Uni­ver­sity of Maiduguri yes­ter­day at around 4.20am.

No group has claimed re­spon­si­bil­ity for the lat­est blasts in Maiduguri but the use of sui­cide bombers in the re­gion is a hall­mark of Boko Haram.

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