Bombers kill 16 in Nige­ria:


Arab Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

At least 16 peo­ple were killed in sui­cide bomb at­tacks near a camp for those made homeless by Boko Haram vi­o­lence in north­east Nige­ria, emer­gency ser­vices said on Mon­day.

The Na­tional Emer­gency Man­age­ment Agency (NEMA) said the at­tacks took place at about 8:45 pm (1945 GMT) on Sun­day close to the Dalori camp at Kofa vil­lage, near the Borno state cap­i­tal Maiduguri.

NEMA north­east re­gion spokesman Ab­dulka­dir Ibrahim said two fe­male sui­cide bombers tried to get into the camp but were thwarted by se­cu­rity per­son­nel.

“Two other fe­male sui­cide bombers also det­o­nated their ex­plo­sives at the ad­join­ing Dalori Kofa vil­lage, where they killed 16 peo­ple,” he added in a state­ment.

Ear­lier tolls given by lo­cal peo­ple said at least 12 or 13 peo­ple had been killed but Ab­dulka­dir said three of those in­jured and taken to hospi­tal had since died.

“The 16 does not in­clude the bombers,” he told AFP.

Dalori is about 10 kms (six miles) south­east of Maiduguri and is one of the largest camps for in­ter­nally dis­placed peo­ple (IDP) in the re­mote re­gion.

Boko Haram has pre­vi­ously tried to tar­get the camp: at least 85 peo­ple were killed in Jan­uary last year when in­sur­gents ram­paged through com­mu­ni­ties near Dalori.

Res­i­dents were shot and their homes burned down while fe­male sui­cide bombers blew them­selves up among the crowds of peo­ple flee­ing the vi­o­lence.

The lat­est at­tack is the most deadly in Nige­ria whose pres­i­dent is Muham­madu Buhari since June 8, when 11 peo­ple were killed in a rare com­bined gun and sui­cide at­tack in the Jid­dari Polo area of Maiduguri. (AFP)


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