Nigerian military foils suicide attacks in restive northeast Borno

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Nigerian military have thwarted attempted suicide attacks in the restive northeast, the epicentre of the seven-year Boko Haram insurgency, the army has said.

Army spokesman Sani Usman said in a statement late Friday that troops killed a suspected female suicide bomber a day earlier when she attempted to enter a military site in Yamtake in Borno state.

Boko Haram, which seeks to impose a hardline Islamic legal system in Nigeria's mainly-Muslim north, has killed at least 20,000 people and forced more than 2.6 million to flee their homes since 2009.

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