During an attack by Boko Haram insurgents killed eight people in the north-eastern Nigerian city of Maiduguri, a civilian militia leader said on February 16th.
"We recovered a total of eight bodies of residents killed in the Boko Haram attack, late on February 15th,” Haram Abba Aji-Kalli of the Civilian JTF militia told AFP.
The attack came hours before Nigeria’s electoral commission announced it was going to postpone for a week the presidential and legislative vote that was supposed to take place on February 16th.
Meanwhile, the delay in the election was condemned by both President Muhammadu Buhari, who is standing for a second term and his chief opponent, former vice-president, Atiku Abubakar.
The attack happened as Boko Haram fighters shot residents while two suicide bombers blew themselves up in a February 15th attack in Maiduguri's Jiddari Polo neighbourhood. The killings came after the group overran a military base north of Maiduguri on February 14th, stealing an armoured vehicle and torching buildings in an attack that left "several soldiers" missing, two military sources said, speaking under conditions of anonymity.
On February 13th about four people were killed when the insurgents struck a convoy belonging to the governor of north-eastern Nigeria's Borno state, of which Maiduguri is the capital.
In the presidential campaign, Atiku seized on Buhari's failure to defeat the group, while the president has claimed the insurgency is weakening.