Boko Haram attacks in Maiduguri leaves dozens dead
Dec 28, Abuja: At least 15 people have been killed after a series of suspected Boko Haram attacks on the outskirts of Maiduguri in northeastern Nigeria.
Boko Haram fighters led as many as eight female suicide bombers to attack the village of Dawari on Sunday night and early on Monday morning, media reports said.
Officials and witnesses said that the suicide bombers blew themselves up as soldiers were trying to repel an attack by a group who arrived firing from the back of three trucks and launching rocket-propelled grenades at homes.
PR Nigeria, an agency that disseminates government news, reported that Nigerian troops had "intercepted and destroyed" 10 suicide bombers.
It said, "The troops laid ambush on the terrorists' suspected routes... The suicide bombers were intercepted in three different locations approaching the city."
The area is close to Giwa Barracks, a major military base attacked several times in the past by the group.
The uprising has killed 20,000 people in six years and driven 2.3m people from their homes. The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) says that up to one million children have been forced out of school as a result of the instability.
The Oslo Times