Latest blast in Nigeria wounds one soldier

Last Updated: Thursday, July 14, 2011 - 10:25

Abuja: A bomb targeting a military patrol has wounded a soldier in northeastern Nigeria, an official said on Wednesday, the latest in a spate of nearly daily attacks by suspected Islamist militants.

The blast on Tuesday night targeted the convoy in the Bulunkutu area of the city of Maiduguri, which has seen the brunt of the violence blamed on the sect known as Boko Haram and where hundreds of troops have recently been deployed.

"There was an explosion from an improvised explosive device targeted at a military convoy coming into the city," said military task force spokesman Colonel Victor Ebhaleme, adding that an armoured vehicle had driven over it.

"It exploded but did not cause any damage to the vehicle, however a soldier outside the armoured tank was injured."

Dozens of deadly attacks and shootings in recent months have been blamed on the sect, which launched an uprising in 2009 put down by a brutal military assault.

Thousands of residents have fled Maiduguri in recent days fearing further violence linked to such attacks and the military`s response, with soldiers accused of targeting civilians in an operation last weekend.

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First Published: Thursday, July 14, 2011 - 10:25

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