The Islamist extremist group Boko Haram has unleashed a series of attacks across Nigeria Sunday night into Monday morning that has left an indeterminable number of people dead. This wave of attacks has also left over 100 persons injured, many of them said to be women and children.
The deadly attacks began in Northeast Nigeria across Borno State and its capital city of Maiduguri. According to a report from the Associated Press, a number of suicide bombers and armed soldiers took to the streets and killed around 80.
CNN reports that the attacks actually left 52 dead and 114 injured, conflicting somewhat with the AP‘s report.
Attacks by suspected Boko Haram militants have left more than 50 people dead and as many as 114 others wounded in the northeastern Nigerian cities of Maiduguri and Madagali in the past 24 hours, according to residents and Nigerian officials.
Three young female suicide bombers detonated explosives — two of them together at a market in Madagali Monday morning, killing 30 people, a local official said, and one at a checkpoint in Maiduguri, where one person died.
Sunday evening in Maiduguri, Nigerian troops battled armed Boko Haram fighters trying to enter the city, fighting that left at least 21 people dead and 91 wounded, according to Mohammed Kanar, head of National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA).
The Nigerian troops had spotted a group of armed Boko Haram fighters trying to cross a trench to get into the Jiddari Polo area of Maiduguri and opened fire on them, said Babakura Kolo, a vigilante assisting the military in fighting Boko Haram.
That city has been fortified with trenches to prevent infiltration by Boko Haram.
The attacks appear to be a response from the group to President Muhammadu Buhari’s claims that the country has won its war against the extremists. President Buhari gave troops until Dec. 31 to end the insurgency, which some experts feel might be prompting the latest attacks.
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