Deaths in suicide attacks in north Nigeria

Suspected Boko Haram suicide bombers kill at least 15 people in attack on state oil company facility in Borno state.

    Suspected Boko Haram suicide bombers have killed 15 civilians in an attack on a state oil company facility in northern Nigeria, when soldiers at a checkpoint opened fire on their explosive-packed vehicles, the military said.

    Seventeen civilians and five soldiers were wounded by the blasts on Tuesday, which also destroyed eight vehicles in Borno state, Chris Olukolade, a defence ministry spokesman, said.

    There was no immediate claim of responsibility.

    Olukolade said the bombers, believed to be from the Boko Haram rebel group, were driving towards the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation facility at Mule.

    Four bombers died in the attack. Mule is on the outskirts of Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state and the cradle of the rebel insurgency.

    "Three of the four explosive-laden vehicles were demobilised by shots fired at them by soldiers at the checkpoint, shortly before the explosions that rocked the area," Olukolade said.

    "A total of 15 civilians including a member of a youth vigilante group died," he added.

    Violence in Borno state is worse than at any time during its four-and-half-year-old insurgency, residents say.

    Boko Haram, fighting for an Islamic state in Nigeria, have in the past year broadened their range of targets beyond security forces, government officials and Christians to include school children and other civilians, sometimes massacring whole villages and abducting girls.

    A military crackdown since last May has failed to rout the insurgency, which remains the leading security threat to Africa's top oil producer and a serious headache for President Goodluck Jonathan ahead of February 2015 elections.

    The rebels' use of explosive devices is on the rise again. Suspected Boko Haram fighters drove a car packed with explosives into a police patrol in Maiduguri a week ago.

    They also bombed a crowded marketplace on March 27 near the town of Bama.

    SOURCE: Reuters


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