Suspected Boko Haram militants kill 15 in northeast Nigeria

Above, damage in Maiduguri after a Boko Haram attack earlier in April this year. (Reuters)
Updated 01 November 2018
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Suspected Boko Haram militants kill 15 in northeast Nigeria

  • The villages lie on the outskirts of the militarized city of Maiduguri
  • The militancy is still able to attack in and around Maiduguri and throughout much of the northeast

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria: Suspected members of the Boko Haram insurgency killed at least 15 people in an attack on a group of villages in northeast Nigeria late on Wednesday, residents told Reuters.
The villages lie on the outskirts of the militarized city of Maiduguri, the heart of government in the northeast and the headquarters of efforts to defeat Boko Haram and the related Islamic State in West Africa (ISWA) insurgency. The conflict has lasted almost a decade.
Despite the Nigerian government’s statements since late 2015 that Boko Haram has been largely defeated, the militancy is still able to attack in and around Maiduguri and throughout much of the northeast.
In the village of Kofa, a Reuters reporter counted five bodies burned inside the remains of their house. A village chief in nearby Dalori said one person in the camp for displaced people had been killed, while two residents of Bulabrin said nine people had died there.
Nigeria’s military said in a statement one civilian was found dead, after Boko Haram had ransacked Dalori’s market, setting buildings ablaze and fleeing when soldiers approached.


Death toll rises from Sri Lanka hotel, church blasts: police

Updated 7 min 44 sec ago
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Death toll rises from Sri Lanka hotel, church blasts: police

  • The churches hit were in the north of the capital, and the town of Negombo, just outside Colombo
  • At least 52 people were killed in the blasts

COLOMBO: Two Sri Lankan churches and two hotels were hit by explosions on Easter Sunday, killing more than 50 and wounding several people, police sources said.
The hotels and one of the churches are in the nation’s capital Colombo. The other church is in Negombo, north of Colombo.
A source in the police bomb squad said that one of the explosions was at St. Anthony’s Church in Kochcikade, Colombo. “Our people are engaged in evacuating the casualties,” the source said.
Sources from two leading tourist hotels in Colombo also confirmed the explosions but did not give any details.
Colombo National hospital said several wounded had been brought in for treatment.
St. Sebastian’s church at Katuwapitiya in Negombo posted pictures of destruction inside the church on its Facebook page, showing blood on pews and the floor, and requested help from the public.
There were no immediate claims of responsibility.