Boko Haram raids Nigerian village, bombs Maiduguri

Boko Haram raids Nigerian village, bombs Maiduguri

Wednesday, March 11, 2015 12:30 am

Abubakar Shekau: Boko Haram leader

Abubakar Shekau: Boko Haram leader

In twin attacks on Tuesday, Boko Haram suspects raided a village in Borno State, the same day a suicide bomber also struck in the capital of Maiduguri. Close to 20 people were killed in the two incidents.

The Boko Haram militants first attacked the town of Ngamdu, killing about a dozen people, witnesses and a security source said.

The town, which has been hit several times by militants, lies on the border of Borno and Yobe states. Borno is the heartland of Boko Haram’s six-year insurgency, which aims to carve out an Islamic state.

Ngamdu is about 100 km (60 miles) east of Borno state capital Maiduguri and about 40 km west from Yobe state capital Damaturu, and lies near a road that is a major transport artery between the two states.

A security source said the casualties and wounded were mainly bus and truck drivers. Around six drivers died, he said.

A commercial driver, Mamman Abdullahi, said the insurgents came to Ngamdu at about 9:30 A.M. (0830 GMT) but were pursued by soldiers.

“They came back later on horse, shooting at people. Many were killed and some of our drivers were injured,” he said.

Three drivers and some passengers were hit by bullets and being treated in a Maiduguri hospital, Abdullahi said.

Five people were being treated for serious injuries after the attack at Maiduguri’s Umaru Shehu Hospital, a Reuters reporter witnessed, but more were being treated for wounds in other locations.

Vehicles on the road to Yobe were told to turn back due to the raid, bus driver Ali Sunoma, who was stopped at a military checkpoint, told Reuters.   

A bomb attack later rocked the city of Maiduguri, days after Boko Haram bombings killed 58 people, as the government said the group’s allegiance to the Islamic State showed the militants were weakening.

A suspected female suicide bomber blew herself up at the crowded Monday Market, which has been repeatedly hit by Boko Haram attacks, including on Saturday, according to witnesses.

Borno state police commissioner Clement Adoda told reporters that at least seven people died and 17 others were injured in the explosion.

Medical sources said staff were “overwhelmed”, as they were still treating some of the 139 people injured in Saturday’s blasts.

Mohammed Kanar, the northeast coordinator for Nigeria’s main emergency management agency (NEMA) said the authorities successfully carried out a controlled explosion on a second device.

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