Nine Dead, 13 Injured in Nigeria Suicide Attacks, Police Say

Nine people died and 13 were injured when seven suicide bombers carried out attacks in the northeastern Nigerian city of Maiduguri, the police said.

The explosions occurred at the University of Maiduguri, which is the capital of Borno state, and in the Jere area of the city on Sunday evening and Monday morning, state Commissioner of Police Damien Chukwu said in an emailed statement. All the assailants, male and female, also died.

Borno state has been at the epicenter of attacks by Islamist-militant group Boko Haram that has waged an eight-year war in a bid to impose its version of Islamic law in Africa’s most-populous country. Tens of thousands have been killed and millions forced to flee their homes in Nigeria’s northeast. Aid agencies estimate as many as 1.4 million people are now facing an emergency food shortage in the region, with 44,000 close to starvation.

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