Suicide Bombers kill 28, Injure 82 in Borno


Three women suicide bombers blew themselves up at the entrance to a camp for displaced people in northeast Nigeria on Tuesday, killing 28 people and wounding 82 , local sources said .

The attack — the latest in a string of assaults in the troubled region — took place in the town of Mandarari , 25 kilometres ( 15 miles ) from Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state , said Baba Kura , a member of a vigilante force set up to fight jihadists .
“ Three female bombers triggered their explosive outside of the IDP ( internally displaced persons) camp … killing 28 people and wounding 82 others,” Kura said .
The first assailant blew herself up , triggering panic , Kura said .
“ People were trying to close their shops when two other female bombers triggered their explosives , causing most of the casualties ,” he said .
Ibrahim Liman , the head of a local anti -jihadist militia force, confirmed the details of the attack and said that more than 80 injured had been taken to Maiduguri hospital.
A source at the hospital said a “ huge number ” of patients had arrived .
Northeast Nigeria is a hotbed of activity by the Boko Haram jihadist group , involving shootings , bombings and kidnappings .

It launched an insurgency in 2009 that has killed about 20 ,000 people and displaced around 2 .6 million others, creating one of the world ’s biggest humanitarian crises .
Nearly two million are suffering from acute malnutrition , according to UN figures .
After being elected to power in 2015 , Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari made tackling the insurgency a priority , winning back swathes of territory and declaring that Boko Haram is “ technically defeated ” .

But this year has seen a surge in attacks , including an audacious assault on an oil exploration team that killed 69 people in Borno in July , raising fears that Boko Haram is regaining strength .
That attack prompted Vice President Yemi Osinbajo — standing in for President Muhammadu Buhari who is on indefinite sick leave — to tell the military to step up its response .
Osinbajo issued “ fresh directives… to immediately scale- up their efforts and activities in Borno state … to maintain a strong , effective control of the situation ” , his spokesman Laolu Akande said.
In August , however , 72 people have been killed in northeastern Nigeria, including 31 fishermen on islands in Lake Chad, according to an unofficial toll compiled from news reports

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