At least three women suspected to be from Boko Haram detonated their explosives at a camp for displaced people in northeastern Borno state.
Witnesses say five gunmen in masks stormed the church and opened fire on worshippers. "So far, 12 persons have been confirmed dead and deposited in the mortuary here while several persons are receiving medical attention," a hospital worker said.
Earlier this week militants abducted members of an oil exploration following which Nigeria's military carried out a rescue operation in the Magumeri area of Borno state.
UN agency has warned that children in northeast Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen are facing the greatest risk, and that time is running out to save them.
Up to seven suspected Boko Haram militants attempted to target refugees as they were preparing to return to their home villages in the Borno State.
Victims include aid workers who were distributing food at the military-run camp housing tens of thousands of people.
The medical charity MSF says its teams 'have seen over 120 wounded and 50 dead.'
The groups have been helpful in the fight against Boko Haram. However, questions have been raised about what will become of armed vigilantes after the militants are defeated.
Two female suicide bombers detonated their explosives in a busy market in the northeast of the country.
The latest report from the World Food Programme says the number of people facing severe hunger is expected to rise to 4.6 million between January and April next year and increase even more from May to July unless aid is scaled up.
Boko Haram's violence in Nigeria since 2009 has negatively affected the country's economy.
Militants have used children or young adults as suicide bombers in several countries, notably Nigeria, but Gaziantep blast is appeared to be the first such attack in Turkey
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