Suicide bomber kills five soldiers, injures 40 in northeast Nigeria

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A suicide bomber has killed five soldiers and injured 40 others after crashing into a military convoy in a pick-up in northeast Nigeria security sources told AFP on Friday.

“At about 1100 hours (1000 GMT) on Thursday, a suicide bomber believed to be a Boko Haram terrorist riding in a van loaded with explosives rammed into a military convoy at Manguzum village,” military officer is quoted as saying.

The book haram jihadist was packed with explosives targeted an army convoy conducting ‘clearance operations’.

The convoy was headed to the garrison town of Damboa, which is some 90 kilometres (55 miles) from the Borno state capital, Maiduguri, at the time.

Approximately 20,000 have been killed by insurgents in Nigeria alone as the government troops fight to end the eight-year insurgency.

Most of the recent attacks are suspected to have been carried out by the Al-Barnawi faction, which is backed by the Islamic State group. Last August IS declared Al-Barnawi, whose father founded Boko Haram, as the group’s new leader, replacing its long-time figurehead Abubakar Shekau.  Shekau has rejected Al-Barnawi’s leadership and maintained he was still in charge, leading to a split and infighting according to AFP.