48 Killed in Bombings in North Nigeria
At least 48 people were killed in suicide attacks of the jihadist Boko Haram group on Monday in two cities in the north-eastern Nigeria, ahead of the government’s deadline to stamp out the terrorist organization. The bombings came a day after the army fought group’s militants west of the capital of Borno state and the spiritual home of the militants—Maiduguri.
The first blast took place at a mosque in a city’s suburb where the army was bombing the suspected Boko Haram fighters who allegedly tried to slip into the city to carry out suicide attacks. According to a local official in the national relief agency NEMA Mohammed Kanar, 20 people were killed and around 91 wounded. The bombers launched rocket-propelled grenades.
The second attack was carried out in the south of Borno in Madagali in Adamawa state, at a crowded fish and meat market where two young female suicide bombers blew themselves up killing the reported 28 residents, said an army commander Victor Ezugwu.
Women managed to make their way into the city during the battle between the army and Boko Haram militants. Earlier this year, soldiers of the counter-offensive campaign recaptured most of the territory the group had seized over the past few years. Since then, Boko Haram decided to turn to the strategy of hitting crowded targets such as squares, markets, and bus stations.
Since taking up arms against the Nigerian Government in 2009, Boko Haram has raized towns and killed about 17,000 people.