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Twin suicide bombing in Nigeria's Maiduguri kills at least eight

Boko Haram has killed thousands and displaced more than 2 million people in an?attempt to set up an Islamic State in the northeast. Photograph: (AFP)

Maiduguri, Nigeria Oct 29, 2016, 10.14 PM (IST)

At least eight people were killed in a twin suicide bombing in the northeastern Nigerian city of Maiduguri on Saturday, the military said, news agency Reuters reported.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack but the attack bore hallmarks of Boko Haram, reported Reuters. Maiduguri city is at the heart of a seven-year-old insurgency by Islamist Boko Haram militants, Reuters reported.

In two separate incidents that happened simultaneously, a woman riding a scooter blew herself up killing three people and another female suicide bomber blew herself up in front of the Bakasi camp on the city's outskirts, the army said, reported Reuters.

Boko Haram has killed thousands and displaced more than 2 million people in an attempt to set up an Islamic State in the northeast.

Nigeria's army has recaptured most of the territory that was controlled by Boko haram at the star of 2015. The group, however, still stages suicide bombings in the northeast, and in neighbouring Niger and Cameroon.

(With inputs from Reuters)

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