19 killed in Boko Haram at­tacks in N Nige­ria city

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

Four Boko Haram sui­cide bombers killed 19 peo­ple in a se­ries of at­tacks that tar­geted a civil­ian self-de­fense force and the peo­ple who gath­ered to mourn their deaths, po­lice in Nige­ria said yes­ter­day. It was the dead­li­est at­tack in months in the north­east­ern city of Maiduguri, the birth­place of Boko Haram’s eight-year in­sur­gency. Borno state po­lice commissioner Damian Chukwu said 23 oth­ers were wounded in Tues­day night’s at­tacks. The po­lice commissioner said 12 of the dead were mem­bers of a civil­ian self-de­fense force and the other seven peo­ple had been mourn­ing them.

At least one of the sui­cide bombers was fe­male, said a spokesman for the self-de­fense force, Dan­batta Bello. The bombers specif­i­cally tar­geted his col­leagues while they were on duty, he said. “A teenage fe­male sui­cide bomber ac­tu­ally crept to the sand­bag post of our boys at Mo­lai and be­fore they could re­al­ize what was hap­pen­ing she det­o­nated her­self and killed three of our boys,” Bello said.

“That hap­pened si­mul­ta­ne­ously with the one that oc­curred at the tea ven­dor’s, where seven of our mem­bers who took their time off to eat their din­ner were killed,” he said.

Boko Haram has in­creas­ingly used girls and young women to carry out at­tacks on mar­ket­places, check­points and other tar­gets. Some young women who es­caped ex­trem­ist group have said girls are drugged and forced to carry out sui­cide mis­sions. An As­so­ci­ated Press re­porter at the scene saw mourn­ing res­i­dents preparing the bod­ies of the vic­tims for burial.

Nige­ria’s gov­ern­ment late last year de­clared that Boko Haram had been “crushed” but deadly at­tacks con­tinue. The Is­lamic ex­trem­ist group’s in­sur­gency has killed more than 20,000 peo­ple, ab­ducted thou­sands of oth­ers and spilled over into neigh­bor­ing coun­tries. North­east­ern Nige­ria is part of what the United Na­tions has called the world’s largest hu­man­i­tar­ian cri­sis in more than 70 years, with the World Food Pro­gram es­ti­mat­ing that more than 4.5 mil­lion peo­ple in the re­gion need emer­gency food as­sis­tance. —AP

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Kuwait

© PressReader. All rights reserved.