Soldiers, insurgents killed in renewed Nigeria attacks

Seven soldiers died in a fierce battle on Wednesday in which more than 100  Boko Haram sect members were killed at Goniri in the northeast state of Yobe, the army high command confirmed.
On the same day Borno state police confirmed the killing of three persons after a botched attack by four suspected suicide bombers in Gubio, in Borno.
Four others were killed and many others injured by rampaging gunmen in Shinkafi local government of Zamfara state in the northwest.
The deaths of seven soldiers and injuring of nine others in Yobe happened when terrorists attempted to invade the 120 Task Force Battalion base at Goniri early on Wednesday.
More that 100 of the attackers were killed as the military repelled the attack, said army spokesman Colonel Sani Usman.
According to the spokesman, the troops recovered arms, ammunition and equipment used for Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs).
In the Gubio incident in Borno state, four suspected suicide bombers in military uniform had infiltrated the town, which is 85 km from state capital Maiduguri.
Teenage boys
“Two of the suspected bombers were said to have detonated IEDs strapped on their bodies in two nearby empty mosques killing themselves and three locals,” said Borno commissioner of police Aderemi Opadokun.
Mr Opadokun said the other two suicide bombers were killed by troops while they were trying to reach a military location in Sabongari Damboa.
Earlier on Wednesday, multiple suicide attacks rocked Damaturu town in Yobe state, killing more than 16 persons.
The first attack was carried out by three teenage boys at a mosque inside Buhari estate in the town.
Meanwhile, four suspected Boko Haram collaborators in Hausari ward in Maiduguri, including a purported financier in Bama in Borno state, have been arrested by troops from the 21 Brigade garrisoned in the city.
The alleged financier, named only as Mohammed, was caught with N1million in cash and goods meant for the sect members, the military said.
Among the items Mohammed reportedly supplies to Boko Haram fighters are kola nuts, which are said to be in high demand with the insurgents as it keeps them active at night.