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Nigeria Bombings: 19 Killed, 23 Injured in Multiple Suicide Blasts
Local Editor

Four suicide bombers had killed 19 people in a series of attacks that targeted a civilian self-defense force and the people who gathered to mourn their deaths, police in Nigeria said.

Multiple suicide blasts in Nigeria

It is the latest in a spate of suicide bomb attacks on the city in the last few weeks. Borno, of which Maiduguri is the capital, is the Nigerian state worst affected by the eight-year-old insurgency by Wahhabi militant group Boko Haram.

Borno state police commissioner Damian Chukwu said 23 others were wounded in Tuesday night's attacks.

The police commissioner said 12 of the dead were members of the civilian self-defense force and the other seven people had been mourning them.

At least one of the suicide bombers was female, said a spokesman for the self-defense force, Danbatta Bello.

The bombers specifically targeted his colleagues while they were on duty, he said.

"A teenage female suicide bomber actually crept to the sandbag post of our boys at Molai and before they could realize what was happening she detonated herself and killed three of our boys," Bello said.

"That happened simultaneously with the one that occurred at the tea vendor's, where seven of our members who took their time off to eat their dinner were killed."

Boko Haram has increasingly used girls and young women to carry out attacks on marketplaces, checkpoints and other targets.

Some young women who escaped the extremist group said girls are drugged and forced to carry out suicide missions.

An Associated Press reporter at the scene saw mourning residents preparing the bodies of the victims for burial.

Nigeria's government declared late last year that Boko Haram had been "crushed" but deadly attacks continue.

The extremist group's insurgency had killed more than 20,000 people, seen thousands of others abducted and spilled over into neighboring countries.

Northeastern Nigeria is part of what the United Nations has called the world's largest humanitarian crisis in more than 70 years, with the World Food Program estimating that more than 4.5 million people in the region need emergency food assistance.

Source: News Agencies, Edited by website team

13-07-2017 | 12:09


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