Four killed in north­east Nige­ria sui­cide at­tacks

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

Four peo­ple were killed in sui­cide bomb at­tacks at a camp for those dis­placed by the Boko Haram con­flict in north­east Nige­ria, the emer­gency ser­vices said yes­ter­day. Ab­dulka­dir Ibrahim, from the Na­tional Emer­gency Man­age­ment Agency, said the blasts hap­pened at about 11:20 pm (2220 GMT) on Sun­day, just out­side the Borno state cap­i­tal of Maiduguri.

“Two sui­cide bombers (a male and a fe­male) det­o­nated their im­pro­vised ex­plo­sive de­vices at Dalori 1 IDP (in­ter­nally dis­placed per­sons) camp, lead­ing to the death of three IDPs, while 17 oth­ers were in­jured,” he said in a state­ment. “Another in­ci­dent oc­curred at Dalori 2 IDP camp, where a sui­cide bomber was in­ter­cepted, lead­ing to the death of the sui­cide bomber.”

Ahmed Sar­tori, the head of the Borno state emer­gency man­age­ment agency, said the death toll had risen by late morn­ing. “The death toll is now four, with the death of one more vic­tim,” he told AFP, adding that another sui­cide bomber had died try­ing to get into the city’s uni­ver­sity. “A sui­cide bomber ex­ploded while he was try­ing to scale the barbed wire fence at the uni­ver­sity,” he said. A trench is cur­rently be­ing dug around the cam­pus, which lies on the edge of Maiduguri, to de­ter in­trud­ers af­ter a spate of sui­cide bomb at­tacks on the premises.

Boko Haram blamed

The Is­lamist mil­i­tant group Boko Haram has in­creas­ingly used sui­cide bombers in its eight-year in­sur­gency that has left at least 20,000 dead and dis­placed more than 2.6 mil­lion oth­ers. Dalori, which is about 15 kilo­me­ters from Maiduguri, houses some 50,000 peo­ple in makeshift ac­com­mo­da­tion and has been tar­geted by bombers be­fore.

On the evening of June 18, two women blew them­selves up at Dalori 2, where 10,000 peo­ple are liv­ing, The at­tack in­jured sev­eral IDPs but killed only the bombers.

MAIDUGURI: Res­cue work­ers re­move a body fol­low­ing a sui­cide at­tack at a camp of peo­ple dis­placed by Is­lamist ex­trem­ists.

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