Multiple bombs kill 8 in northeast Nigerian town

A still from a video released by the Nigerian Islamist extremist group Boko Haram Photo: AFP/Getty Images

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria, Feb 17 (Reuters) – At least three bomb explosions killed eight people at a military checkpoint in the northeast Nigerian town of Biu on Tuesday, witnesses and a hospital source said.

The military fired back on the attackers and killed 17 insurgents, a security source told Reuters.

Witness Auwalu Ibrahim, a local pro-government vigilante, said there were children around the checkpoint when the blasts went off. “Everyone has been told to go home due to apprehension about the blasts,” he said.

Biu has been repeatedly attacked by the Islamist militant group Boko Haram and the use of multiple bombs planned to go off in quick succession is a trademark tactic of the jihadists…

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