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Nigerian transport hub hit by suicide bombers
Nigerian transport hub hit by suicide bombers

Three bombers, two bystanders die in early-morning attacks in NE Nigeria

World Bulletin / News Desk

Five people -- including three suspected Boko Haram suicide bombers -- are dead after attacks hit Nigeria’s troubled Maiduguri city on Friday.

Witnesses said three suicide bombers blew themselves up at Muna Garage, a transport hub in the northeastern city, in the early hours of Friday, killing two bystanders and injuring six people.

One eyewitness, Ibrahim Ali, told Anadolu Agency: "We just heard the sound simultaneously from three points. The three bombers were torn apart by the explosions while two other persons died.

“Six people including the security volunteers [Civilian JTF] were injured.”

Six suicide bombers were also intercepted at a security point a few meters from the scene of the first blasts.

"It occurred at about 2.20 a.m. [0120GMT]," a security volunteer, Saleh Mohammad said.

Neither the police nor the military have issued any official confirmation on the incident.

The Boko Haram group has renewed attacks in recent times, including firing on a military fighter jet on Thursday.



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Libya extremist group Ansar al-Sharia announces dissolution
Libya extremist group Ansar al-Sharia announces dissolution

The Libyan jihadist group Ansar al-Sharia, which is linked to Al-Qaeda and deemed a terrorist organisation by the UN and United States, announced its "dissolution" in a communique published online on Saturday. Washington accuses the group of being behind the September 11, 2012 attack on the US consulate in the eastern city of Benghazi in which ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans were killed. Ansar al-Sharia is one of the jihadist groups that sprung up in Benghazi, Libya's second largest city, in the chaos following the death of dictator Moamer Kadhafi in 2011. They overran the city in 2014. East Libyan military strongman Khalifa Haftar earlier this month launched an offensive to oust jihadist fighters from their two remaining strongholds in Benghazi. In its communique Ansar al-Sharia said it had been "weakened" by the fighting. The group lost its leader, Mohammed Azahawi, in clashes with Haftar's forces in Benghazi at the end of 2014. Most of its members then defected to the so-called Islamic State group. Ansar al-Sharia later joined the Revolutionary Shura Council of Benghazi, a local alliance of Islamist militias. At its zenith, Ansar al-Sharia was present in Benghazi and Derna in eastern Syria, with offshoots in Sirte and Sabratha, western Libya. The organisation took over barracks and other sites abandoned by the ousted Kadhafi forces and transformed them into training grounds for hundreds of jihadists seeking to head to Iraq or Syria.