Suicide Bombers Kill at Least 11 in Northeastern Nigerian Town

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At least 11 people were killed in the northeastern Nigerian town of Potiskum when two suicide bombers detonated explosives at a local militia office and a bar.

The first attack happened at about 12:30 p.m. on Monday when a “young man came to our office” and set off his bomb, Abubakar Mohammed, a vigilante militia member, said by phone. The next explosion happened five minutes later at a local bar in the Daurawa area of the town in Yobe state, he said.

Boko Haram has killed thousands of people in northeastern Nigeria and neighboring countries in its six-year-old campaign to impose its version of Islamic law, or Shariah, on Africa’s most populous country. Despite losing territory this year, the group has continued attacks and bombings in the region.

Separately on Sunday morning, suspected Boko Haram militants attacked the town of Babbangida, also in Yobe, killing a soldier, a militia member and destroying many homes.

Five others were wounded in the fighting, while “scores” of insurgents, using women and children as shields, died in the attack, Nigeria’s Defence Headquarters said in posts on its Twitter account on Monday.

“We were hidden in bushes like many other residents in the early hours,” Yusuf Abdullahi, a resident who fled to the state capital, Damaturu, 50 kilometers (31 miles) south, said by phone. “We then heard several gunshots and chanting of war songs.”

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari pledged $100 million last week to fund a regional force against Boko Haram Islamist militants at a meeting with the presidents of Chad, Niger, Benin and the defense minister of Cameroon.

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