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.