Seven suicide bombers suspected to belong to Islamist terrorist group Boko Haram were killed during an attack on refugee supplies in a key city in north-eastern Nigeria, the national emergency agency said Friday.
One suicide bomber blew himself up in Maiduguri on Thursday evening, destroying 13 trucks filled with goods meant for thousands of people displaced by the terrorist group, Mohammed Kanar, a coordinator of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) told dpa.
The other six suicide bombers, who were also armed, were killed by soldiers and vigilantes near the truck depot, said Kanar.
No group immediately claimed responsibility for the bombing, but the blast carries the hallmarks of Boko Haram.
The extremists pose a steady threat to communities in the north-east of Nigeria and has also launched offensives in neighbouring Chad, Niger and Cameroon. The group's goal is to enforce a strict interpretation of Islamic law, known as sharia.
Since 2009, at least 14,000 people have died at the hands of the Sunni fundamentalists in Nigeria, Chad, Cameroon and Niger. According to the United Nations, an estimated 2.7 million people in the region have fled their homes due to Boko Haram.