Four­teen killed in sui­cide at­tacks in Nige­ria


At least 14 peo­ple were killed in three sep­a­rate sui­cide bomb at­tacks in Da­maturu, north­east Nige­ria, on Wed­nes­day, the coun­try’s Na­tional Emer­gency Man­age­ment Agency (NEMA) said.

The blasts came af­ter Boko Haram mil­i­tants this week claimed to have car­ried out three sui­cide at­tacks on the out­skirts of the cap­i­tal, Abuja, last Fri­day that left 18 dead and 41 in­jured.

Sus­pi­cion for the latest bomb­ings will likely fall on the Is­lamist rebels, who have re­peat­edly at­tacked Da­maturu dur­ing their bloody, six-year in­sur­gency.

Last month, a girl thought to be aged 12 killed six and in­jured 47 when the ex­plo­sives she was car­ry­ing went off out­side a bus sta­tion in the Yobe state cap­i­tal.

NEMA co­or­di­na­tor for Yobe state Bashir Idris Garga said the first blast Wed­nes­day hap­pened at a small food store on a hous­ing es­tate, killing four.

Another near a mosque killed one, while nine, in­clud­ing a fam­ily, lost their lives when another bomber ex­ploded at a Fu­lani set­tle­ment on the out­skirts of the city.

“To­tal in­jured 10, seven par­tially in­jured and three crit­i­cally in­jured,” Garga said in a text mes­sage.

Yobe state po­lice spokesman Toyin Gbade­gesin told AFP “gun­wield­ing bombers” car­ried out the at­tacks be­tween 5:30 and 6 a.m. (0400-0500 GMT) be­fore the night­time cur­few was lifted.

“All the ar­eas af­fected have been cor­doned off and the po­lice have held meet­ings with com­mu­nity lead­ers ... for them to be more vig­i­lant and sus­pi­cious of strange faces and move­ments,” he added.

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