Boko Haram stages three sui­cide at­tacks in NE Nige­ria

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

MAIDUGURI, Nige­ria: Boko Haram Is­lamists staged three sui­cide at­tacks in Nige­ria’s restive north­east yes­ter­day, leav­ing four at­tack­ers and two civil­ian vig­i­lantes dead, po­lice said. “Aside from the ex­plo­sion near a mo­bile po­lice lo­ca­tion in Jid­dari, we had two other sui­cide bomb­ings along Maiduguri-Gam­boru road,” Borno state po­lice com­mis­sioner Damian Chukwu told re­porters in Maiduguri, epi­cen­tre of Boko Haram’s seven-year in­sur­gency.

The Is­lamist group have mul­ti­plied their at­tacks in re­cent days, Chukwu said, with­out de­tail­ing the in­ci­dents. “This is about the sixth or sev­enth sus­pected sui­cide at­tack in the last cou­ple of days. The po­lice and other se­cu­rity agents are work­ing hard to stop the ugly trend,” he said.

The first at­tack took place be­fore dawn when a fe­male sui­cide bomber blew her­self and another bomber up near a po­lice check­point at Jid­dari, Borno state po­lice spokesman Vic­tor Isuku ear­lier said, A third sus­pected bomber sur­vived and was be­ing ques­tioned. “At 3:50am to­day, mo­bile po­lice per­son­nel on guard duty op­po­site the fed­eral high court in Jid­dari sighted three sus­pected sui­cide bombers com­pris­ing two fe­males and a male run­ning to­wards their sand­bag,” Isuku said.

“They or­dered them to a halt for ques­tion­ing but they re­fused,” he said. “One of the fe­males det­o­nated the Im­pro­vised Ex­plo­sive De­vice (IED) strapped to her body, killing her­self and one other male ac­com­plice,” he said.

Later in the morn­ing a male sui­cide bomber det­o­nated his ex­plo­sives af­ter be­ing stopped at the en­trance of a garage on the Maiduguri-Gam­boru road where traders had gath­ered to travel un­der mil­i­tary es­cort.

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