Nine dead as 7 suicide bombers hit NE Nigeria

2017-06-26 20:55
File: AFP

File: AFP

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Maiduguri - Nine people have been killed in a string of suicide attacks in Maiduguri, a city in Nigeria's restive northeast where Boko Haram Islamists began a deadly insurgency in 2009, police said.

The attacks occurred as Nigeria began a two-day public holiday for Eid al-Fitr which marks the end of the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan.

Police said the bombings, which began late on Sunday, were carried out by seven suicide bombers, six of whom were women.

They targeted the campus of Maiduguri University and residential buildings in a district just northeast of the city, which is capital of Nigeria's Borno State.

State police spokesperson Victor Isuku said the violence began when a male bomber blew himself up on campus, killing himself and wounding three security guards, one of whom later died.

Minutes later, four female suicide bombers entered a community on the northeastern outskirts of the city, with two of them blowing themselves up inside two residential buildings, killing eight and wounding another 11.

Another detonated her explosives without injuring anyone, while the fourth tried to do the same but was injured and arrested, later succumbing to her wounds, Isuku said.

Several hours later, two more female bombers staged another attack on the university, blowing themselves up without causing any casualties.

"In all, 16 people - including the (seven) suicide bombers - died in the multiple explosions while 13 people were injured," Isuku said.

Eid attack plans 

On Friday, Nigeria's intelligence service said it had foiled a plan to carry out a series of coordinated attacks targeting Muslims celebrating Eid in several cities, including Maiduguri.

Nigeria's military has said the group, whose insurgency has left at least 20 000 people dead and more than 2.6 million homeless, is on the verge of defeat.

But Boko Haram has continued to mount sporadic raids and suicide bombings, including on June 19, when its militants killed at least 16 people near a camp for the displaced just outside Maiduguri.

The attacks came after a weekend of fierce clashes between Boko Haram insurgents and Chadian troops on several islands in Lake Chad, which borders Nigeria, Chad, Cameroon and Niger.

According to a spokesperson for Chad's armed forces, the clashes killed eight soldiers and wounded another 18.

But he claimed that the operation had also killed 162 Boko Haram jihadists and destroyed many motorcycles which are often used in their deadly raids.

There have been frequent clashes on the many small islands of Lake Chad since the Boko Haram conflict began.

Both Chad and Nigeria, along with troops from Cameroon, Niger and Benin, are part of a five-nation regional force fighting Boko Haram.

On Sunday, Chad's President Idriss Deby threatened to pull out of such peacekeeping operations because of a lack of foreign financial support.

"If nothing is done, if that goes on, Chad will be obliged to withdraw," he said, describing the cost of participation as "excessively expensive."

Read more on:    boko haram  |  nigeria  |  west africa

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.