Seven die in Boko Haram attacks

2015-05-30 14:23
Soldiers look at debris of a vehicle used by Boko Haram. (file, AFP)

Soldiers look at debris of a vehicle used by Boko Haram. (file, AFP)

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Maiduguri - Rocket-propelled grenades exploded in several home, killing at least seven people s in the northeast Nigerian city of Maiduguri before dawn on Saturday as Boko Haram unleashed a new kind of violence in the birthplace of the extremist group, said residents.

Maiduguri resident Mari Madu said he counted at least 40 thunderous blasts that began around 01:00 before he lost count.

"Each time they fired into the town, we saw bright sparkling flashes which moved with great speed ... One of the blasts shook my roof so badly that I thought it must have landed on my house," he said.

Sandbags and trenches

Several homes were destroyed in Maiduguri's Dala-Lawanti suburb, he said.

Self-defence fighter Abbas Gava said at least seven people were killed and more injured when one grenade exploded into a house divided into apartments. An intelligence officer confirmed the toll and said Boko Haram was firing rocket-propelled grenades.

Gava was in a group of civilian fighters who patrolled until dawn to ensure the Islamic extremists did not get through barriers including sandbags and trenches.

Maiduguri's population of 2 million has swelled with hundreds of thousands of refugees. More than 1.5 million Nigerians have been driven from their homes by the nearly 6-year-old Islamic uprising in northeast Nigeria which has killed an estimated 13 000 people.

Another attack

A multinational offensive this year forced the insurgents from towns and villages where they had declared an Islamic caliphate but the extremists continue to carry out suicide bombings and hit-and-run attacks.

Nigeria's military says Boko Haram is trapped in the northeastern Sambisa Forest. But the insurgents two weeks ago attempted another attack on Maiduguri, 200km away.

At his inauguration on Friday, Nigeria's new President Muhammadu Buhari vowed to crush the insurgents. Buhari said he will move the headquarters for the war against Boko Haram from Abuja, the capital in central Nigeria, to Maiduguri.

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