People mourn over the bodies of suicide bomb attack victims in a village near Maiduguri, Nigeria, Wednesday, July 12, 2017. (AP Photo/Jossy Ola)
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Four civilians were killed in an attack by suspected Boko Haram militants Monday in the Nigerian city at the center of a conflict with the Islamists, a resident and two officials told Reuters.Nigeria's army said Monday evening it had repelled the assault on the outskirts of Maiduguri, the spiritual birthplace of Boko Haram. The government often says it is on alert for Boko Haram attacks during the Christmas period and other festivals for Christians and Muslims.President Muhammadu Buhari's administration has been saying Boko Haram are almost defeated but the latest attack shows the group's continued ability to stage hit-and-run raids, prompting a renewed government push against the militants.Nigeria replaced its previous military commander of the fight against Boko Haram after half a year in the post.
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