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The Nigerian army said 16 people have so far been confirmed killed in a bomb attack in Mubi, a major town of Nigeria's northeastern Adamawa state.
"At the moment 16 people are confirmed dead and 19 injured," army spokesman Chris Olukolade told Anadolu Agency early Monday.
He said the attack targeted a football viewing center in the town.
"But they did not get to the target," added the army spokesman. "One of the perpetrators has been arrested and is helping with investigation."
Paschal Njoku, a local journalist, earlier told AA that the death toll ranged "from well over 45 to close to 60."
Getting eyewitness account was difficult with the curfew already in place in Mubi, the military headquarters for the counterinsurgency operations in the state.
The popular town is close to the restive Borno state.
Adamawa, Borno and Yobe have been the hardest hit by the Boko Haram insurgency.
The three states have been under emergency rule since last year.
Boko Haram, which means "Western education is forbidden" in Nigeria's local Hausa language, first emerged in the early 2000s preaching against government misrule and corruption.
The group later became violent, however, after the death of its leader in 2009 while in police custody.
In the five years since, the shadowy sect has been blamed for numerous attacks – on places of worship and government institutions – and thousands of deaths.
40 Boko Haram rebels killed in northern Cameroon
Cameroonian army forces have killed 40 Boko Haram militants near border with Nigeria, a spokesman said Sunday.
"Boko Haram militants have tried to besiege our bases [in Dabanga], but they were repelled by our forces," colonel Didier Badjeck, the chief of the communication division at the Cameroonian Defense Ministry, told Anadolu Agency.
The spokesman said that army forces had also destroyed a vehicle belonging to the militants.
"No casualties were reported among Cameroonian troops," the spokesman said.
Cameroon has deployed around 5000 soldiers on border with Nigeria to battle Boko Haram militants.
The troops deployment came after Boko Haram, which is active in northern Nigeria, had stepped up attacks on the northern parts of Cameroon.
On May 16, the militant group kidnapped ten Chinese workers following an attack on an area in northern Cameroon.
The Chinese were working for a company that had recently won a bid for the upgrade of a main road in northern Cameroon.Last Mod: 02 Haziran 2014, 10:11