Suicide bombers kill 12 in Nigeria's Borno state - police


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UPDATE 1-Suicide bombers kill 12 in Nigeria's Borno state - police


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    By Lanre Ola and Ahmed Kingimi
    MAIDUGURI, Nigeria, June 19 (Reuters) - Five female suicide
bombers killed 12 people and wounded 11 in northeast Nigeria's
Borno state, birthplace of the Islamist militant Boko Haram
insurgency, police said on Monday.
    There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the
attacks. But the use of female suicide bombers in public places
is a tactic used by Boko Haram, which has focused on Borno
during its eight-year-old insurgency aimed at creating an
Islamic caliphate.
    Borno state police spokesman Victor Isuku said the attacks
occurred on Sunday at around 08:30 p.m. (1930 GMT) in the
village of Kofa, 8 km (5 miles) from the state capital
Maiduguri.
    "The first suicide bomber detonated near a mosque, killing
seven persons. The second detonated in a house killing five
persons," he said, adding that 11 people hurt in the attacks.
Isuku said the other three bombers also died.
    Borno has been the state worst hit by the insurgency that
has killed more than 20,000 people and forced some 2.7 million
people to flee their homes since 2009.
    Boko Haram killed 14 people in bombings and shootings in
Maiduguri on June 7. [nL8N1J52P5]

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