- Three female suicide bombers have attacked a Borno community
- The bombers’ attack killed two while seven persons sustained serious injury
- Two of the bombers were said to have rushed into a thatched hut and detonated their explosives and killed two brothers who had retired for the night
Three female suicide bombers have attacked a herding community in northeast Nigeria, killing two people and injuring seven others, according to a village elder and a civilian militia member, Ali Musa.
Vanguard reports that Ali Musa said the trio, believed to have been sent by Boko Haram jihadists, struck at Shuwari Buri village, 38 kilometres from Maiduguri at around 9:20 pm (2020 GMT) on Monday May 15.
“Two of them rushed into a thatched hut and detonated their explosives, killing two brothers who had retired for the night,” he added.
“The third bomber detonated her explosives among residents who had gathered, injuring seven.”
Legit.ng gathered that the three bombers had earlier told villagers they were travelers and asked them for accommodation for the night. But they were refused on security grounds.
Ibrahim Liman, a member of the civilian militia assisting the military with security, gave an identical account.
Shuwari Buri is in the Konduga area, some 40 kilometres (25 miles) southeast of the Borno state capital, Maiduguri, which has been repeatedly hit by suicide bombings and gun attacks.
Boko Haram has increasingly used suicide bombers to attack civilian targets including mosques, schools, markets and bus stations.
Many of the bombers have been women and young girls. The phenomenon has increased as the militants lost captured territory to the military due to a sustained counter-insurgency that began in early 2015.
The rebels’ push for a hardline Islamic state in the region has left at least 20,000 people dead in Nigeria alone and displaced more than 2.6 million others.
Civilians are still facing the fall-out from the conflict: 5.1 million people are severely food insecure and dependent on handouts from aid agencies.
Meanwhile, at least five people have been reportedly killed and four others injured after suspected Boko Haram terrorists attacked an internally displaced persons (IDP) camp in Borno state on Monday night, vigilante sources said.
Three female bombers stormed an unofficial IDP camp in Konduga town on Monday night, killing themselves along with two others while injuring four women.
A rescue worker told SaharaReporters by phone that it occurred about 9:20 p.m. around Bakin Kogi area of Konduga town.
"They blew up themselves simultaneously. Two people died and four were seriously injured. It could have been worse,” he said.
He told our correspondent that the four injured women have been evacuated to the Borno State Specialist Hospital in Maiduguri where they are currently receiving treatment.