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Blasts, gunshots rock Nigerian city

2012-05-11 14:20

Maiduguri - Two explosions and gunshots rang out around a church in Nigeria's restive city of Maiduguri, the hotbed of deadly Islamist insurgency, but it was unclear if anyone was hurt, a security source said on Friday.

"In the late hours we had two explosions followed by sporadic gunshots. I don't have any further information now on casualties," a security official who did not want to be named, told AFP of the incident on Thursday night.

He said the attack happened near a church in an area where a mosque owned by Boko Haram was razed during a 2009 crackdown on the Islamist group.

AFP saw truckloads of soldiers deployed to the area of the attack on Friday morning.

Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state and the home base of Boko Haram, has seen some of the worst violence blamed on the extremist sect, which has focused its attacks on the mainly Muslim north.

Boko Haram's increasingly bloody insurgency has claimed more than 1 000 lives since mid-2009.