Nine People Die in Explosion at Northeast Nigeria Checkpoint

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A bomb exploded at a security checkpoint outside the northeastern Nigerian city of Damaturu, killing nine people, said local police commissioner, Marcus Danladi.

The blast happened as police searched vehicles on a road between Yobe’s state capital and Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state, said Danladi. The explosives detonated as security officials approached a vehicle with a male driver and two female passengers. The victims included three policemen and three motorists, along with the attackers.

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday met U.S. President Barack Obama, who pledged to ramp up support to help the country defeat Islamist militant group Boko Haram. It has been waging a six-year insurgency to impose Shariah, or Islamic law, in Africa’s biggest economy.

Buhari said in an opinion article in the Washington Post on Monday that an upsurge in attacks killing hundreds of civilians since he took office in late May isn’t a sign his government is losing the battle against Boko Haram.

On the contrary, fewer confrontations against the military indicates the militant group is weakening, Buhari said.

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