2 sui­cide bombers die in blasts near mar­ket in Nige­rian city

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

Two sui­cide bombers died when they ex­ploded yes­ter­day in a crowded area near a mar­ket in Nige­ria’s north­east­ern city of Maiduguri, in­jur­ing 17 peo­ple, res­cue of­fi­cials said. Sur­vivor Abubakar Musa said he also saw among the vic­tims the bod­ies of sol­diers, who were guard­ing a nearby electric power in­stal­la­tion.

A male and fe­male sui­cide bomber det­o­nated them­selves min­utes apart, spokesman Sani Datti of the Na­tional Emergency Man­age­ment Agency said of the at­tack blamed on the Boko Haram Is­lamic ex­trem­ist group.

It birth­place is Maiduguri. The blasts oc­curred near Maiduguri’s Mon­day Mar­ket, just weeks af­ter the state govern­ment or­dered the re­open­ing of all roads lead­ing to the mar­ket. They have been closed for nearly two years over se­cu­rity con­cerns fol­low­ing pre­vi­ous bomb­ings at the mar­ket that killed dozens of peo­ple.

On Fri­day, two women sui­cide bombers ex­ploded in a mar­ket at Mada­gali, 150 kilo­me­ters south­east of Maiduguri, killing 57 peo­ple and wound­ing 177 in­clud­ing 120 chil­dren. Since Nige­ria’s mil­i­tary has dis- lodged in­sur­gents from towns and vil­lages this year, Boko Haram has been at­tack­ing soft tar­gets. Sui­cide bomb­ings and attacks on mil­i­tary camps con­tinue, though Nige­ria’s govern­ment claims it has the in­sur­gents on the run. Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari de­clared the Is­lamic up­ris­ing “tech­ni­cally de­feated” a year ago. On Fri­day, he vowed Nige­ria’s mil­i­tary is work­ing “at slam­ming the fi­nal nail in the cof­fin of Boko Haram.”

The seven-year in­sur­gency has killed more than 20,000 peo­ple, forced 2.6 mil­lion from their homes and cre­ated a mas­sive hu­man­i­tar­ian cri­sis. Boko Haram, which has one branch al­lied to the Is­lamic State group, wants to in­stall an Is­lamic state in Nige­ria, West Africa’s oil gi­ant of 170 mil­lion peo­ple di­vided al­most equally be­tween a mainly Chris­tian south and pre­dom­i­nantly Mus­lim north.

More blasts in So­ma­lia

In other news, more than 20 peo­ple were killed yes­ter­day in a sui­cide truck bomb­ing in the So­mali cap­i­tal Mo­gadishu, po­lice said, in a fresh strike claimed by the Al-Qaedalinked Shabaab group.

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