Friday, November 4, 2011

Suicide bombers target military in north Nigeria

4 November 2011

AP MAIDUGURI, Nigeria -A military spokesman says suicide bombers from a radical Muslim sect in northeast Nigeria have attacked a military installation.

Friday's assault comes as bombs went off elsewhere in this restive city where the sect launches frequent attacks.

Lt. Col. Hassan Ifijeh Mohammed told The Associated Press the attackers were unable to enter the headquarters for the military force guarding Maiduguri.

Mohammed said the attackers detonated the explosives inside their black SUV outside the gate, damaging military buildings.

Mohammed said no soldier was killed in the attack. He blamed the attack on a radical Muslim sect known locally as Boko Haram.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Police in northeast Nigeria say three bombs have exploded in a city beset by violence from a radical Muslim sect.

Borno state police commissioner Simeon Midenda told The Associated Press one of the bombs detonated Friday near an Islamic college and a busy mosque in Maiduguri. Midenda said parents were there to pick up their children at the time of the explosion.

Officials had no immediate casualty figures.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack. However, a radical Muslim sect known locally as Boko Haram operates in the area.

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