Nigeria's acting president in northern city Maiduguri after attack -spokesman

Osinbajo in Maiduguri, explains new IDP food distribution plan

The attack started at about 5pm when dozens of men raided a village on the outskirts of the city in northeast Nigeria.

"Some suspected Boko Haram attempted to attack a village far off and our troops ranged (subdued) them", Nigerian military spokesman Brigadier-General Sani Usman said in a short statement.

Yemi Osinbajo, the deputy leader who's in charge of the country while President Muhammadu Buhari is in the United Kingdom for medical treatment, visited Maiduguri as planned on Thursday.

Osinbajo in Maiduguri, explains new IDP food distribution plan

Nigerian and regional military offensives have pushed the Islamists back into the remote Sambisa Forest, and Boko Haram attacks have been largely limited to suicide bombings, often carried out by children abducted by the group.

"The food items would be distributed by officials of NEMA in partnership with State Emergency Management Agencies and our friends from the International Humanitarian Agencies, " he said.

Fighter jets roared overhead as soldiers and police sped towards the scene, the Reuters witnesses said.

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On Wednesday, security agents engaged the insurgents in a gun battle that lasted hours.

"One of the youth vigilantes rushed to hold him, and the bomb went off and killed the suicide bomber and three other persons", Bashir said. He said 13 people, including four attackers, were killed.

A resident, Janet Ibrahim, told newsmen, 'There were bullets flying everywhere, and all of us were in panic'.

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He said the suicide bomber that attacked the CBDA quarters came at about some 8:45 p.m. and was sighted by the youth guarding the worshippers as he was walking quickly towards the mosque.

"The suicide bomber and six others died, while 18 persons were injured".

"The third suicide bomber detonated his IED across the road outside the Chad Basin Development Authority killing himself and one other person". Nigerian forces killed three Boko Haram insurgents in that fighting, he said, and one attacker was captured alive.

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