Islamic State claims election day attack on northeast Nigerian city
ABUJA, Feb 23 (Reuters) - Islamic State on Saturday said it
carried out a morning attack on the northeast Nigerian city of
Maiduguri as the country holds elections, although the army has
denied an attack took place and says sounds of fighting were
In a statement on its news agency Amaq, the militant group's
West Africa Province said the attack targeted Maiduguri airport,
a Nigerian army base and a government building.
Security sources have told Reuters that militants struck in
the town, and Reuters journalists heard blasts and gunfire.
However, the Nigerian army has denied any attacks took place and
said the sounds were of military exercises.
(Reporting by Paul Carsten in Abuja and Ulf Laessing in Tunis;
Editing by Alexis Akwagyiram and Peter Graff)
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