NewsExpress banner First Bank Fashion Souk Fidelity bank card banner Umm Sulaim's Thoughts Camano banner

Suicide bombers kill 12 in Chibok

By News Express on 27/01/2016

Gmail icon

Views: 2,477


At least 12 people were killed on Wednesday when two female suicide bombers blew themselves up in a market in the northern Nigerian town of Chibok where Boko Haram militants abducted more than 200 girls almost two years ago, police and residents said.

Boko Haram has been waging a six-year armed campaign in Nigeria’s remote north to build an Islamic state. Thousands have been killed and more than two million people displaced by the campaign.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility but the attack bore the hallmarks of Boko Haram, which has been using suicide bombers since the army expelled the group from much of the northern territory it had captured previously.

“Two veiled girls suspected to be suicide bombers entered Chibok market at about 12:54 pm today,” a police official said, asking not to be named.

“Afterwards we heard an explosion at the heart of the market and people fled. Some minutes later another blast came just at the edge of the market,” he said.

The official said he had counted eight bodies at the market, while four others had died on the way to the hospital. Some 15 people were treated in hospital, he added.

Musa Pagu and Ishaya Ali, members of a civilian vigilante group that helps maintain order in the area, also said 12 people had been killed.

In April 2014, Boko Haram militants raided a Chibok school while girls were taking exams. They loaded 270 of them onto trucks and disappeared, though about 50 escaped soon afterwards.

There was a global outcry and threats by Boko Haram to sell the girls. Nigeria's then-president Goodluck Jonathan came under heavy criticism for his government’s slow reaction.

His successor Muhammadu Buhari, who pledged during his election campaign to end the insurgency, said in December he was open to negotiating with Boko Haram for the return of the girls if credible representatives of the group could be identified.

Nigerian troops have recaptured most of Borno state, where Chibok is situated and where the insurgency started, helped by forces from Chad, Niger and Cameroon, who themselves were increasingly being targeted by the militant Islamists.

Boko Haram has since reverted to raiding villages for provisions or hitting soft targets such as places of worship and markets. The group operates mainly around Lake Chad, the Sambisa forest reserve and the mountainous region bordering Cameroon. (Reuters)

•File Photo shows Chibok parents weeping as a result of the abduction of their schoolgirls. Now, Boko Haram has dealt the town another devastating blow.

Source News Express

Posted 27/01/2016 7:30:49 PM

 

 

CLASSIFIED ADS

 

You may also like...
Philanthropist settles bills of ‘detained’ patients in Umuahia...

Obiano support group warns against rigging of Anambra...

Amaechi rejects Wike’s award, says it is poisoned...

Ekiti commences work on 41-year-old abandoned road

CAC crashes cost of business registration

Konga to invest N2.9bn in Kxpress to resolve...

Bishop to be questioned for alleged rape of...

Tin-Can Island Customs generate N130.76bn in 7 months...

South Africa drops visa rules to boost tourism...

2019: Fayose flags off presidential campaign

Businessman drags IGP, Anambra CP, others to court...

Osun Prisons Controller decorates 71, harps on discipline...

 

Latest News Oraifite Murders: Tension amid police manhunt for IPOB lawyer Nuclear power stations in Kogi, Akwa Ibom can wipe out Nigerians, others — Scientists APC governors, others move to reconcile Oshiomhole, Obaseki Restructuring Nigeria unavoidable — Fayemi Spain attack: IPOB lied — Amaechi Re-arrest of Sowore and Bakare a tactical blunder, says US-based lawyer How Kwara Governor, Speaker escaped EFCC investigation University lecturers must enrol in IPPIS — Buhari 2023: Rivers governorship not turn by turn — Wike 44 fake tertiary schools discovered in Bauchi EFCC probes NPC Directors for alleged 280m contract scam Missing cash at Bayelsa Govt House: Dickson orders quizzed security men to keep mum

 

Most Read NUDE PHOTO OF OMOTOLA JALADE-EKEINDE surfaces online (569,865 views) Nigerian female sex addict opens up, says ‘I like it with both men and women’ (455,744 views) Shameless Genevieve Nnaji exposes breasts in public (405,572 views) Finally named: The full list of friends of Nigerian female sex addict who prowled Facebook (340,644 views) OLUMBA OLUMBA OBU (the one who called himself God) IS DEAD (307,073 views) 10 cars more expensive than Jets (290,958 views) Igbo scholar disgraces Femi Fani-Kayode •Demolishes claims on Igbo/Yoruba history with facts and figures (260,888 views) Breaking News: POPULAR REVEREND CONVERTS TO ISLAM in Kaduna (Nigeria) (259,748 views) OBJ’s son reported dead in Lagos plane crash •Names of more victims emerge (241,196 views) My wasted years in Olumba Olumba Obu’s Evil Brotherhood (227,762 views) Lagos plane crash: Journalist releases victims’ names (203,546 views) THE FINAL DISGRACE: Igbo scholar unleashes more facts about Igbo/Yoruba history, finishes off Femi Fani-Kayode with second article (200,019 views)

 

CBN milk production

CBN banner advert

UBA Wise Savers Promo

 

Categories Advertorials (3) African Press Organisation (81) Art & Literature (111) Business & Economy (4,615) Business Verdict (89) Columnists (1,156) Complaints & Requests (97) Enterprise & Opportunities (221) Entertainment (716) Features (852) Global Business Monitor (497) ICT Monitor (72) International (4,308) Interview (219) Live Commentary (30) Love Matters (177) Maggie's Blog (510) News (54,972) Opinion (1,436) Pidgin (18) Politics (11,858) Religion (1,132) Sports (2,248) Stock Watch (40) AMA & Al Jazeera Global Update

 

 

 

 

 

 

APO Group Partner

 

 

CLASSIFIED ADS

GOCOP Accredited Member

GOCOP Accredited member

 

 

Africa Media Agency and Al Jazeera