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Suicide car bomber kills 8 soldiers in Maiduguri

05 June 2015, 10:10

Maiduguri — A suicide bomber exploded a car at a checkpoint outside a military barracks and killed eight soldiers on Thursday, witnesses said of the latest of daily attacks blamed on Boko Haram in Maiduguri.

Later, a second bomb exploded near the main market in Yola, the first such attack to hit the capital of neighboring Adamawa state, police and witnesses said. At least two people were killed, police Deputy Supt. Othman Abubakar said. Hospital workers said they were treating 30 injured.

"I can see blood splattered everywhere, including my car, but I can't give any detail because we are all running," said bread seller Ayuba Dan Mallam.

In Maiduguri, the bomber exploded the car as soldiers were checking it outside Brigadier Maimalari Barracks on bustling Baga Road during the evening rush hour, according to Bashir Malam, a fighter with a civilian defense group that works alongside the military.

Malam said he counted the bodies of eight soldiers.

Also read: Female suicide bomber in Maiduguri kills two near checkpoint

"The attack was so daring because the suicide bomber must have escaped several checkpoints to get to the soldiers' spot," he said.

The latest attack comes the day President Muhammadu Buhari was visiting neighboring Chad, urging more support for a multinational force to crush Boko Haram.

Buhari was welcomed warmly by Chad's President Idriss Deby, who has complained that a lack of cooperation from the previous administration was hampering the war.

Battle-hardened Chadian troops have played a leading role in driving Boko Haram from the northeast where it had declared an Islamic caliphate.

Nigeria on Wednesday announced a Nigerian general has taken over command of the multinational army from Chad, signaling Buhari's determination to have Nigeria lead the fight against its home-grown insurgency.

- AP


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