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16 August 2017

Suspected suicide bombers have reportedly killed no fewer than 27 people and wounded 83 in Maiduguri, Borno state.

According to local officials, Boko Haram is a group that wants to implement Islamic Sharia Law in Nigeria.

"Our village is right at the entrance into Konduga town", Mr. Kalli said. They then went to the nearby camp for people displaced by Nigeria's conflict and simultaneously detonated their explosives.

"Two people committed suicide by punching explosives near the gate of the refugee camp, causing dozens of people to be injured", healthcare workers told media on Tuesday.

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The Boko Haram who had lost most of the territory they once controlled across Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states to Nigerian forces, have since the start of 2017 appeared emboldened. Boko Haram provoked worldwide outrage by kidnapping more than 200 schoolgirls - internationally known as the Chibok Girls - in April 2014.

But this year has seen a surge in attacks, including an audacious assault on an oil exploration team that killed 69 people in Borno in July, raising fears that Boko Haram is regaining strength. They are held responsible for killing at least 143 people before Tuesday's bombings and weakening the army's control.

Its better-known faction, led by Abubakar Shekau, has mainly based itself in the sprawling Sambisa forest, and been characterised by its use of women and children as suicide bombers targeting mosques and markets. The toll could be as high as 30, according to Al-Jazeera.

Boko Haram has killed more than 20,000 and displaced 2.3 million people in its attacks since 2009. At least 37 people, including members of the team, died during the rescue operation.

President's Address to the Nation on the eve of Independence Day