Boko Haram conducted another set of attacks late Sunday night which left 8 dead and 15 injured. These attacks were conducted against IDP camps within Maiduguri, both the capital of Borno State and the birthplace of Boko Haram. This is the first time that we have seen Boko haram target IDP camps this way this year. Their targets most recently have tended to be government forces and colleges, as they see them as their biggest threats. This attack did however follow a new and disturbing trend for the terrorist organization. It used female as the suicide bombers. This has been occurring with much more regularity this year. This is both a sign of desperation but as well as a lack of conscience.
07/24/2017 Nigeria (AlJezeera) – At least eight people have been killed after female suicide bombers attacked two camps hosting internally displaced people (IDP) in northeastern Nigeria’s Maiduguri, a civilian self-defence group said.
It was the first major attack on a displaced persons camp in the city which is the birthplace of the Boko Haram.
The attack started late Sunday night and left another 15 people wounded, the Civilian-JTF group spokesman Bello Danbatta told The Associated Press.
Boko Haram often targets the city with suicide bombers and has been using female ones increasingly.
Late last year, Nigeria’s government declared the group “crushed” but dozens of such attacks have taken place in 2017.
The latest bombings occurred a few days after Nigeria’s army chief of staff issued a 40-day deadline for troops to flush out Boko Haram’s leader and finish off the group.
Danbatta said one bomber sneaked into the Dalori camp and detonated, and two other attackers exploded on or near the camp’s perimeter fence. Another bomber detonated early on Monday.
Thousands of people continue to shelter in camps after being forced from their homes by Boko Haram.