Monday, December 12, 2016

Suicide bombers attacked Adamawa and Maiduguri over the weekend

A female suicide bomber and her male accomplice, attacked the busy Monday Market in Maiduguri, Borno state, North-eastern Nigeria in the early hours of Sunday, December 11. Asides the suicide bombers, no other casualty was recorded. However 17 people sustained serious injuries.

Similarly, a twin bomb blast in the Madagali area of Adamawa State, Nigeria also left several people dead on Friday, December 9. The blasts are said to have gone off in a busy market in the area in the early hours of the day. The incident has been confirmed by the Chairman of Madagali Local Government, Alhaji Yusuf Mohammed. 

“The two bombers who (were) disguised as customers, detonated their suicide belts at the section of the market selling grains and second-hand clothing,” said Yusuf Muhammad. 

Also confirming the incident was the Coordinator of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) in Adamawa and Taraba, Mr Sa’ad Bello.

Boko Haram is seeking to impose a hardline Islamic legal system on Nigeria’s mainly-Muslim north. Its campaign of violence has killed at least 20,000 people and displaced some 2.6 million since 2009.

Nigeria’s military campaign against the jihadists is increasingly bogged down as it confronts suicide attacks, looting and indiscriminate slaughter.

The United Nations has warned that the affected region faces the “largest crisis in Africa”.

The UN estimates that 14 million people will need outside help in 2017 because of the ongoing violence, particularly in Borno State, the epicentre of the rebellion.

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