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Nigeria: Suicide blast follows new President Buhari's inauguration

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By Euronews
Nigeria: Suicide blast follows new President Buhari's inauguration

<p>In what looks like an act of defiance by Boko Haram insurgents, a suicide bomber has killed at least 16 people at a mosque in northeast Nigeria.</p> <p>Saturday’s blast in Maiduguri follows a sustained attack in the city’s suburbs by the Islamist militants, using rocket-propelled grenades. That claimed at least 13 lives.</p> <p>Under its new president, Nigeria wants to take a tough stand against Boko Hamam which has killed thousands in its insurgency to carve out a state adhering to strict Islamic law.</p> <p>At the start of the year, the group controlled a swathe of territory larger than Belgium in the northeast of Nigeria.</p> <p>Boko Haram has since been pushed back with the help of offensives launched by troops from Chad and Niger while Cameroon has fought them off along its borders.</p> <p>As feared, however, the group is showing a return to its guerrilla tactics since losing the territory it gained last year. </p> <p>And the day after <a href="http://mbuhari.ng/full-text-of-the-inaugural-speech-of-president-muhammadu-buhari/">his inauguration</a>, the attacks seem designed to send a message to Nigeria’s new President Muhammadu Buhari, who has sworn to crush Boko Haram – telling him ‘you will be no more successful than your predecessor Goodluck Jonathan’.</p>