… Kill 9,injure 22
A coordinated suicide bomb blast suspected to carried out by two female members of Boko Haram again occurred at the entrance of Bakasi Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, camp and a NNPC filling station in Damboa road Maiduguri killing 8 people while 11 others were injured.
The first blast, which occurred at about 7L05 am at the entrance of Bakassi IDPs camp, was immediately followed by another explosion at the NNPC filling station in Damoa road at about 7.06 am a few killometres away from the first blast.
An eye witnessed at the Bakassi camp, MallamAuduIsah, said some suspected female suicide bombers came and run into some group of people at the entrance of Bakaasi camp, when some IDPs were coming out of the camp and detonated their IED, killing several person, while others injured.
“The thing just happened and security agencies and officials of SEMA and NEMA are currently evacuating the corpses and bodies of the injured one but nobody can tell exactly how many people died. As I am speaking more three ambulance are evacuating the bodies of the victims”
Confirming the incident, the Army in a press statement signed by Col Mustapha Anka said “at about 7.05am this morning, there were twin simultaneous suicide bomb explosions at the entrance of Bakassi Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, camp and NNPC Mega Filling Station, Damboa Road, Maiduguri.”
According to the statement, at the Bakassi IDPs camp, a suspected female suicide bomber ran into group of men and women at the entrance while they were coming out of the camp, killing 5 men and injured 11 women, adding that the bodies dead men and the injured women have been evacuated.
While at the NNPC filling state Col. Anka said “a female suicide bomber followed a fuel tanker in Keke NAPEP tricycle with the sole aim of gaining entry to cause maximum damage and casualty but was prevented from gaining access to the station by another vehicle.
“Miraculously, a car came in between them. The bomber, whether by error or whatever detonated, killing all the three occupants of the tricycle. There was no other person involved. No reported injured persons at this instance,” a statement from the military said.
He said their troops and other security agencies have been mobilized and the injured have been evacuated while efforts are on going to comb the general area as well as entries and exits of Maiduguri.
The Army while commiserating with the families of the late victims of this cruel act, wished those injured speedy recovery.
“We would like to assure the public that efforts are on going to track those behind the dastardly acts.
“However, it is equally important to reiterate the need for more vigilance and security consciousness among all. Citizens are enjoined to report any suspicious persons or movements to the security agencies.”
Meanwhile, the the Acting GOC 7 Division Brig. Gen. Victor Ezugwuhavs since visited the area to commensurate with the victims and called on the general public to always be security conscious.
The bombings came 17 days after a car bomb that killed 10 people when a convoy was hit in the outskirt of the city.
The explosion at Muna garage hit the convoy with a military escort as it made its way to GamboruNgala.
Since Boko Haram lost the swathe of territory it occupied during the Jonathan era, its suicide squad has been hitting soft targets.
Boko Haram has devastated northeast Nigeria in its quest to create an Islamist state, killing over 20,000 people and displacing 2.6 million from their homes.
Since taking up arms against the Nigerian government in 2009, Boko Haram has disrupted trade routes and farms.
Now nearly 50,000 children are facing death by starvation if they don’t get food and almost 250,000 more are severely malnourished in Borno state, according to UNICEF.
“Nigeria is facing the worst humanitarian crisis on the African continent,” Peter Lundberg, acting United Nations Deputy Humanitarian Coordinator, warned last week.
Deadly attacks despite Buhari’s offensive
Nigerian President MuhammaduBuhari has led a successful offensive against the insurgents since coming into office last year, but Boko Haram is still capable of carrying out deadly attacks.
In October, Boko Haram attacked a town near Chibok, where in 2014 it kidnapped over 200 schoolgirls, drawing global attention to the insurgency.
Later this month, the jihadists claimed that they killed 20 soldiers in “fierce clashes” in the Ghashghar area of northeastern Nigeria.
The violence is spilling into neighbouring Niger, Chad and Cameroon, with Niger early in October declaring two days of national mourning after 22 soldiers were killed in an attack blamed on the jihadists against a camp sheltering almost 4,000 refugees.