Boko Haram killed 13 more people in Maiduguri this weekend in a triple suicide bomb attack. The continued use of suicide bombers has been impossible for the government to fully combat. It also shows that even with all of the progress that the Nigerian government has made in ending the terrorist organization, they still have a long way to go. This attack consisted of three female bombers walking into a crowded market area on Sunday night. First one blew herself up and then the next two followed shortly after. This has caused devastation and chaos.
2017-10-23 Nigeria (AllAfrica) Suicide bombings carried out by as many as three attackers have killed 13 people in Nigeria’s northeastern city of Maiduguri. The attack follows army claims that Boko Haram insurgents are nearing defeat.
Three female suicide bombers carried out the attacks, according to a report by the news agency Agence France-Presse.
Residents buying their evening meal at a small restaurant were killed by the first female bomber late Sunday evening, local time, according to a military source quoted by AFP.
Two other bombers detonated their devices minutes later, leaving another 16 persons wounded, making the attacks the deadliest in over a month, according to police commissioner quoted by Reuters.
There were no immediate claims of responsibility.
Those accounts resemble an attack in August on a market near Maiduguri by assailants described as females.
AFP’s report on Sunday’s bombings said hours beforehand “a lot of Boko Haram members” had been sighted outside the city.
Maiduguri, the capital of Nigeria’s Borno state, is sheltering hundreds of thousands displaced by eight years of attacks by Boko Haram.
Its bid to set up a hard-line Islamist state in the mainly Muslim northeastern region near Lake Chad has claimed at least 20,000 lives since 2009.