Troops kill bomber out­side camp of refugees from Boko Haram

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

Troops shot and killed a man with ex­plo­sives boldly show­ing strapped to his torso yes­ter­day, as he tried to en­ter a refugee camp in north­east­ern Maiduguri city where an­other sui­cide bomber killed five peo­ple a day ear­lier. The yes­ter­day morn­ing bomb­ing is the fifth ex­plo­sion in three weeks in Maiduguri, the birth­place of the Boko Haram Is­lamic ex­trem­ist group blamed for the bomb­ings. Maiduguri is also the head­quar­ters of the mil­i­tary cam­paign to halt the in­sur­gency.

The re­cent bomb­ings have cre­ated a new wave of fear at Bakassi camp, which houses more than 16,000 peo­ple ter­ror­ized by Boko Haram into flee­ing their homes. “Why are they not ready for us to en­joy peace?” asked res­i­dent Us­man Ado. An­other, Abubakar Ga­jibo, said he saw the bomber “clearly dis­play­ing the strapped ex­plo­sives on his body.”

Res­i­dents alerted sol­diers who tried to per­suade the man to sur­ren­der. But when he started run­ning to­ward the camp gate, they shot him. One ex­plo­sive blew up im­me­di­ately and a sec­ond was safely det­o­nated, Ga­jibo said. The mil­i­tary said there was no blast and sol­diers had to det­o­nate the ex­plo­sives.

On Satur­day, a fe­male sui­cide bomber blew her­self up at the camp en­trance, killing five men and in­jur­ing 11 women. A sec­ond blast 30 min­utes later came from a tri­cy­cle taxi driven by a sui­cide bomber car­ry­ing two pas­sen­gers. A bomb blast on Oct 12 killed eight refugees in a taxi-van just out­side Maiduguri.

In Fe­bru­ary, two fe­male sui­cide bombers walked into a crowd of refugees at Dikwa camp, 80 kilo­me­ters north­east of Maiduguri, killing 58 peo­ple and in­jur­ing many more. Boko Haram has stepped up at­tacks af­ter a months-long lull caused by a lead­er­ship strug­gle. Nige­ria’s home­grown in­sur­gency has killed more than 20,000 peo­ple and forced some 2.6 mil­lion peo­ple from their homes. — AP

MAIDUGURI: Peo­ple clear de­bris af­ter an ex­plo­sion. — AP

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