Boko Haram Fights Back, Kill 23 In Nigeria

Boko Haram bombers killed 23 people on Thursday, authorities said, as the Islamist insurgents fight back against a military offensive launched by Nigeria and three neighboring countries.
A suicide bomber at a bus station in Biu, a town in northeastern Borno state, killed at least 17 people, a military source and local vigilante Ibrahim Jaton said.
A crowd beat a second bomber to death before he could detonate his device. Shortly afterwards, two roadside bombs exploded in the city of Jos in the highly volatile Middle Belt where the largely Christian south meets the Muslim north, killing six people.
“A young man came to Tashan Gandu motor park and our boys stopped him for search at the check point but he refused to stop and all we heard was a loud sound,” Jaton said of the Biu blast. “The whole spot was scattered within minutes.”
Suicide bombings have become a common tactic for Boko Haram in the last year as the group expanded its control over territory in Africa’s biggest oil producer and top economy.
But in the last three weeks Nigeria along with Cameroon, Niger and Chad, all of which have been destabilized by the Islamists – have fought an offensive in border areas.
A spate of Boko Haram attacks on civilians in the past few days seem aimed at striking back.

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