18 dead in Boko Haram attack on Maiduguri - Whisper Eye

18 dead in Boko Haram attack on Maiduguri

More than a dozen people have been killed after getting caught in a clash between suspected Boko Haram militants and soldiers in northern Nigeria.

Eighteen militants launched an attack using suicide bombers, mortars and gunmen on Sunday, a military officer told whisper eye media team..

They targeted two villages and a military base near the city of Maiduguri, in Borno State.

The emergency services said a number of villagers were killed trying to escape.

It is the largest attack since the government revealed it was in talks with the Islamist militants.

The officer, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the attackers, including seven suicide bombers, arrived on foot.

Ba’Kura Abba Ali, a local militia leader supporting Nigerian troops, told whisper eye media team that they were trying to enter Maiduguri – the city at the epicenter of the insurgency.

“So far we have recovered 18 dead bodies from the two villages Bale Shuwa and Bale Kura,” Bello Dambatto, of the State Emergency Management Agency said.

“The victims were killed while trying to escape the fight between the insurgents and the military.”

It is unclear if all 18 were villagers, or if some were extremists or soldiers.