Borno- Deadly weekend attacks by suspected Boko Haram jihadists using young girls as suicide bombers killed 43 people in northeastern Nigeria, officials said on Monday, updating the death toll.
In the town of Damboa in Borno state explosions ripped through the town on Saturday evening. The suicide attacks targeted people returning from celebrating the Eid al-Fitr holiday, in an attack bearing all the hallmarks of Boko Haram.
“About 43 lost their lives, 12 individuals who are desperately injured” are being flown by helicopter to the Maiduguri with help from the ICRC, local official Kaumi Wakil told AFP, referring to the capital of Borno and the birthplace of Boko Haram.
Wakil also said 35 others were injured and were in the “process of referral to the ICRC clinic” in Biu. A local official confirmed another death toll, which was initially reported at 31.
After the suicide bombings, the jihadists fired rocket-propelled grenades into the crowds that had gathered at the scene of the attacks, this stage of the attack increased the number of casualties.
UN humanitarian coordinator in Nigeria, Myrta Kaulard said, “Civilians consistently bear the brunt of the conflict and over 200 women, children and men have now been killed in indiscriminate attacks in the north-east since the beginning of the year,”
“I urge the government of Nigeria to further step up protection of people.”
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