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Suicide bombers attack Borno State, kill four persons

Two female suicide bombers blew
themselves up in Borno State, shortly after
another bomber killed four at a displaced
persons’ camp, an emergency services
official said on Thursday.
The failed mission at Mandarari village,
near the town of Konduga in Borno state,
and the successful attack just outside the
state capital, Maiduguri, both came after
ramped-up military action against Boko
Haram Islamists.
The military announced in late 2016 that it
had cleared the jihadists’ Sambisa Forest
stronghold but they are said to have since
The head of the Borno state emergency
management agency, Ahmed Satomi, said
soldiers and civilian militia intercepted two
women at Mandarari at about 9:00 pm
(2000 GMT) on Wednesday.
“The women detonated their explosives,
killing themselves, having realised they had
been uncovered,” he told AFP.
About 45 minutes earlier, a male suicide
bomber scaled a rear fence at the Dalori
camp on the outskirts of Maiduguri and
blew himself up. As well as the four who
died, 44 were injured.
Shortly afterwards, a female suicide bomber
detonated her explosives outside the camp,
killing only herself, said Idris Garga, head
of Nigeria’s National Emergency
Management Agency (NEMA) in the
Satomi told AFP: “The failed suicide attack
(at Mandarari) and the one at Dalori IDP
camp are clearly the work of Boko Haram.
“They are trying to hit back as a result of
the pressure the military has exerted on
them in the current military operations
against them in Sambisa forest.
“This is why we emphasised the need for
people to be vigilant and keep an eye on
strange faces coming into their
communities as Boko Haram insurgents are
trying to attack civilian targets in response
to the losses they suffer in the hands of
the military.”
The conflict, which began in 2009, has
killed at least 20,000 and left more than
2.6 million others homeless.
Nigeria’s military and government maintain
the Islamic State group affiliate is a spent
force but there has been little let up in
The BBC said in data published last week
that the group killed at least 967 people in
150 attacks in Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad
and Niger in 2017, up on 2016 when 910
deaths were reported in 127 attacks.
Source : ( AFP )

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