Kill 5, injure 27 in Damaturu
A new trend has emerged following
successes of the Nigerian Army in
Sambisa forest, as Boko Haram trained
female suicide bombers are now on the
suicideInformation gathered is that Boko
Haram is now using underage
female bombers to cause havoc in the
northeastern part of the country.
Reports also hinted that the
insurgents tried to storm Maiduguri
on Wednesday but some of them
were arrested last week. Meanwhile
a 10-year-old lone suicide bomber
yesterday succeeded in killing five
people and injuring several others
at the popular Bayan Tasha market/
Motor Park in Damaturu, the Yobe
state capital.
The attack reportedly occurred at
exactly 11:00am yesterday as part of
a renewed Boko Haram onslaught in
North-East region.
This is even as the terrorists have
retaken the town of Marte in Borno
state, which had been liberated in
Borno’s deputy governor Zannah
Umar Mustapha confirmed, “It is sad
as we have been made to understand
that Marte is today completely fallen
under the control of the insurgents,
which to us is a very huge set back.”
Chairman of Nigerian Union of Road
Transport Workers, NURTW, who
witnessed the gory incident narrated,
“We have security men at all the gates
and everybody entering the motor
park is subjected to thorough search
before they enter the park.
“It was in the process of searching
today, that a little girl of about 10-yearsold
refused to be searched and before
we could blink an eye, the bomb which
the girl concealed under her hijab
exploded killing her, the security staff
and three other persons while several
others were injured,” he said.
In addition, the anti- bomb squad
of the Nigeria Police discovered three
improvised explosives that were not
detonated at the scene.
As at the time of filling this report,
medical and security personnel were
busy evacuating victims to the hospital.
The recapture of the town followed
two strikes this week on state capital
Maiduguri, which left at least 12
people dead.
Suspected militants also attacked the
village of Kojiti, killing seven people
in the Madagali local government of
neighbouring Adamawa state. It had
been cleared of the Islamist militant
group in late February.
Boko Haram took over a territory
larger than Belgium last year, killing
thousands of people and displacing
some 1.5 million. The group’s six-year
insurgency is part of its bid to establish
an Islamist state.
It took the combined efforts of
Nigerian, Chadian and Nigerien
troops to push them out of most of the
areas, while Cameroon repelled border
The Sambisa forest reserve remains
their last major stronghold.
“Our thinking, every other place
should have been blocked so that the
insurgency would be curtailed to a
restricted area, but that has not been
the case because the insurgents have
been fleeing to other communities,
Mustapha said.”