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MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (Reuters) - Suspected fighters for the Islamist insurgency Boko Haram entered the city of Maiduguri in northeast Nigeria on Wednesday, as loud bangs and explosions were heard, causing civilians to flee, according to Reuters witnesses.

Maiduguri in Borno state is the epicentre of the eight-year fight against Boko Haram, and has been largely free of violence for the past two years.

(Reporting by Ahmed Kingimi and Adewale Kolawole in Maiduguri; Writing by Paul Carsten; Editing by Larry King)

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