Islamist Insurgent Attacks Kill at Least 14 in Northeast Nigeria

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At least 14 people were killed in suspected Boko Haram Islamist militant attacks and a suicide bombing in northeastern Nigeria on Saturday.

An insurgent attack on the village of Ngamdu killed 10 people, said Hassan Ibrahim, a pro-government militia member. A suicide bomber on a motorized tricycle also killed four people after detonating explosives in Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state, he said.

The bomber failed to ram a 18-seat bus at about 8 a.m. as the vehicle moved out of a station in the city, Ibrahim said.

“The suicide bomber could not gain enough momentum to get to the traveling bus,” Ibrahim said by phone from Maiduguri. A “few kilometers away from the garage it exploded, killing the tricyclist and three other people who were walking on the road. A few others have also been injured and have been taken to the hospital for treatment.”

Africa’s largest economy has been hit by the worst spate of violence since President Muhammadu Buhari took office on May 29. Bombings in the Nigerian cities of Jos and Zaria killed nearly 70 people in the past week. Maiduguri, the birthplace of Islamist militant group Boko Haram, has been the scene of some of the worst bloodshed.

The rebels had also taken a highway linking Maiduguri to Damaturu, the capital of neighboring Yobe state. Motorists were turned back by soldiers between the towns of Benisheik, about 85 kilometers (53 miles) from Maiduguri, and Ngamdu, as they fought the militants, said Idris Bukar, a commercial driver traveling the highway.

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