Boko Haram Attack Kills 15, Injures Dozens in Nigerian Villages

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Donald Duke

The victims were killed while trying to escape the fight between insurgents and the military, according to the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA). "Some of them are in critical condition and will require major surgery from their wounds, which are mostly from gunshots".

"The insurgents met with stiff resistance of troops who killed six of the insurgents and neutralised seven suicide bombers in the encounter".

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

It was one of the most brazen attacks in recent months and was a precursor to a planned strike on Maiduguri, the capital of Borno State and the birthplace of the hardline Islamist group.

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When contacted by Vatican News, the Nigerian Catholic Secretariat condemned the ongoing terror by Boko Haram and called on the government to do more to protect innocent civilians.

Residents of Maiduguri were forced to keep vigil Sunday night following hours of thunderous explosions and shootings till the early hours of yesterday.

"That's not correct. There was an attack which was repelled and some Boko Haram insurgents were killed by gallant soldiers".

The latest attack has been the largest by Boko Haram since the Nigerian government began talks with the militant group, a military spokesman told Reuters.

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Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states in northeast Nigeria are the three states most affected by the Boko Haram militancy.

But senior security officials cautioned that reaching any agreement with the group will be hard, as it is split into competing factions with different goals. Still reportedly adverse to talks is another faction, known as Shekau.

"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.

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