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Gov Kashim Shettima of Borno State

"Over 14 loaded trucks were burnt by the suicide bombers though no casualty was recorded".

"Yesterday at about 2318hrs, a suicide bomber sneaked into the midst of 13 pick up trucks loaded with goods along Maiduguri/Mafa road, said to be awaiting departure to Gamboru Ngala early hours of today and detonated IEDs strapped on self", he said.

He, however, said that only the bomber was killed during the incident as the vehicles were empty. EOD/Police patrol team was promptly deployed to the scene to restore safety & normalcy.

However, in the past year, the military has succeeded in beating back the Islamist militant sect and significantly reduced the amount of suicide attacks on innocent civilians in the northeast. And that the two civilians died there. The three bombers were torn apart by the explosions while two other persons died.

The Nigeria army on Thursday killed six suspected suicide bombers when they tried to storm into the town at the Mafa checkpoint, 9 kilometer to Maiduguri Capital, TheCable understands.

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Some Boko Haram gunmen who were riding on motorcycles accompanied the six suicide bombers, they said.

The seven-year Islamic uprising has killed more than 20 000 people and driven 2.6 million from the homes, creating the worst humanitarian crisis on the continent with millions facing starvation.

The security agencies are yet to issue a statement.

He said the Mi-17 transport helicopter was carrying medical personnel from Maiduguri city to treat refugees in the Gwoza area when it came under repeated fire on Wednesday.

In another encounter, some Boko Haram insurgents attacked an helicopter belonging to the Nigerian Air Force, during which an airman was injured.

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