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Irate youths attack SEMA rescue team in Maiduguri

Irate youths attack SEMA rescue team in Maiduguri

A female suicide bomber female was said to have detonated an explosive device killing several worshippers who came for prayers at the mosque.

These are the latest in a series of nearly weekly attacks in Maiduguri, months after authorities said the insurgent Boko Haram had been defeated.

The rampaging youths attacked the SEMA's Emergency Rapid Response team dispatched to evacuate corpses and to render assistance to the victims.

The Nigeria-based Boko Haram extremist group often targets the city where its eight-year insurgency began and has increasingly used girls and young women to carry out attacks.

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The youths, armed with club and sticks, smashed one of SEMA vehicles and prevented the team from carrying out its mission.

A witness, Grema Bana, said the incident occurred at about 4:45pm in one of the pastoralist hamlets in the area.

The town has been under serial attacks by suicide bombers in recent weeks.

"Another antic is by abducting children who are on errands, strapping them with suicide vests and sending them back home, where the suicide bomb detonates to kill members of the household".

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Multiple suicide attacks last Tuesday killed 17 people, mostly of them were local security personnel.

The incident, which comes a day after the police confirmed a separate attack had killed two children in the area, is yet to be confirmed by authorities.

A security guard at the University was also killed from the explosions the bombers planted.

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