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Female suicide bombers kill dozens of refugees in Nigeria

At least 56 people were killed and dozens more injured when two female suicide bombers blew themselves up in a refugee camp in Nigeria.

The attack happened at a refugee camp in Dikwa, north-eastern Nigeria Credit: Google Maps

Around 78 people were being treated for injuries after the twin explosions at the camp in Dikwa, which houses some 50,000 people forced to flee from Islamist militant group Boko Haram.

Officials in Nigeria have pinned blame for the attack on the extremists.

More than 20,000 people have been killed in Nigeria since the Boko Haram insurgency began six years ago, and 2.5 million made homeless.

It comes after another two suicide bombers, believed to have come from Nigeria, killed 10 people and injured 40 in a border village with Cameroon's Far North province.

At least 65 killed in Nigeria Boko Haram attack

At least 65 people have been killed on the outskirts of Nigeria's Maiduguri city in a Saturday night attack by Boko Haram militants, Reuters reports.

Witnesses said militants used guns and explosives in the attack. Credit: APTN
The attackers reportedly arrived on motorbikes and in lorries. Credit: APTN
People living in the village said the attack lasted for hours. Credit: APTN


Four killed in explosion at cooking gas plant in Nigeria

At least four people have been killed in an explosion at a cooking gas plant in south-eastern Nigeria, a Red Cross spokesman had said.

The blast happened as a truck was discharging butane gas at the plant in Nnewi town, Anambra state, at the same time customers were refilling their gas bottles, people nearby claimed.

Red Cross spokesman Peter Kachi said four people had been killed and four others injured.

"The gas plant was completely destroyed and several houses around the scene damaged," he said.

Troops free 900 hostages held by Boko Haram extremists

The operations took place in Boko Haram strongholds in the Sambisa Forest. Credit: Google Maps

Troops have rescued 900 hostages being held by Boko Haram extremists, a Cameroon government spokesman has said.

Cameroonians, Chadians and Nigerians held by the Islamic extremists were freed from several camps by forces from Cameroon, Nigeria, Chad and Benin.

More than 100 extremists were killed and 100 arrested, including one of the group's leaders, during an operation in Nigeria between November 27 and 29, Issa Tchiroma Bakary said.

The operations took place in Boko Haram strongholds in the Sambisa Forest, which straddles northeastern Nigeria, Cameroon and the Lake Chad area.

More than 20,000 people have been killed during the six-year uprising by Boko Haram, which calls itself IS's "West African province".

'Boko Haram' kills 10, injures dozens in suicide bombing

At least 10 people were killed and dozens more injured in a suicide bomb attack by suspected members of Nigerian Islamist militant group Boko Haram, security sources have said.

The attack happened in the far north region of Cameroon, and is the latest deadly attack in the region as Boko Haram militants target the country along with Chad, Niger and Nigeria.

Cameroon has signed up to an 8,700-strong regional force with its neighbours, led by Nigeria, aiming to fight back against the militants. The United States is sending military supplies and troops to help the force, which is expected to be operational by the end of the year.

The United Nations refugee agency UNHCR warned last month that the border region near Lake Chad was being turned into a "war zone".


At least 47 people killed in Nigeria market explosion

At least 47 people have been killed and 52 injured in a blast that exploded in a northeastern Nigeria's Borno state market, a military source has told Reuters.

Nigeria's Borno state. Credit: Google Maps

The sources said that the explosion struck the town of Sabon Gari at around 1.30pm. It is in a region where hundreds have been killed in attacks by suspected members of militant Islamist group Boko Haram in the last few weeks.

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