Boko Haram militants attacked Nigeria’s northeastern city of Maiduguri on Wednesday, left more than six civilians and six members of a youth vigilante group dead, said two military sources on Thursday.
The members’ youth vigilante group died due to having a confusion as to female suicide bombers and that thought they were also residents of Maiduguri.
Suspected militants launched their assault firstly on the outskirts of Maiduguri with the two suicide bomb attacks in Ladi Kayamla area, Defence spokesman Major General Chris Olukolade said.
Boko Haram militants have not targeted Maiduguri since their two takeover attempts in January and February. Wednesday's attack indicates that the militant group has not lost anything from its power.
“The attack is likely intended as a diversion to slow down the ongoing assault on the Sambisa forest, it was carried out by those insurgents escaping from locations that have been destroyed," Olukolade said.
Nigerian army declared 24 hour curfew on Maiduguri after the assault.
Nigerian troops launched a ground assault Sambisa Forest in April, an important stronghold for suspected militants and said they have captured many camps and released 700 abducted women and children.