Nigeria: 58 dead in double suicide bombing in an IDP camp


Fifty-eight people were killed Tuesday in a double suicide attack by two female suicide bombers in a camp for people displaced by the attacks of Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram in the north-east Nigeria.

The head of emergency services in the state of Borno (northeast), Satomi Ahmed told AFP Wednesday in the course of this suicide attack.

“From what we know, three suicide bombers disguised in women refugees arrived at 6:30 (5:30 GMT) in the camp Dikwa” said Mr. Ahmed. Dikwa is located about 90 kilometers west of the capital of Borno, Maiduguri, former stronghold of Boko Haram.

“Two (women) have triggered their explosives. The third refused (to do) when she realized that her parents and her brothers and sisters were in the camp and she went to the authorities,” continued the manager.

“We have counted 35 dead bodies and 78 injured people,” he said, adding that the wounded had been evacuated to two hospitals in Maiduguri. The death toll rose to 58 then, according to rescue services.

Dikwa The camp is home to people of six areas of Borno State: Dikwa even Gamboru Ngala (on the border with Cameroon ) and the cities of Marte, Kalabalge, Bama and Mafa.

According Satomi Ahmed, the suicide bomber who did not blow warned the military camp of the new upcoming attacks in the region.

This double attack, allegedly carried out in retaliation for a military attack against the bastions of Boko Haram last week, nourishes new fears about security and not only those concerning IDPs.

It may put pressure on both the army and the government in Abuja who leads a political return to their homes of civilians who fled the atrocities of the Islamist group.

The Nigerian authorities announced Tuesday the arrest of a “recruiter of EI in Iraq and Syria ” after the discovery of the secret services of his “terrorist history and its intention to indoctrinate and recruit young gullible in country”.

– Multiplication of attacks –

Last week, the Nigerian army attacked three villages considered strongholds near Kalabalge Boko Haram, killing dozens of fighters and assisting hundreds of women.

The latter, largely from the Shuwa Arab tribe, had been removed, a common practice fighters Boko Haram, which tends to support the theory of a revenge.

The group, which has pledged allegiance to the Islamic State (EI), has increasingly often resort to suicide attacks and bomb attacks as the military repel the areas it controlled previously and already struck IDP camps.

On September 11, seven people were killed in a bomb blast in the Malkohi camp near Yola in neighboring Adamawa state.

This camp housed women and children that the army had liberated from the clutches of Boko Haram.

– Attack during a mourning vigil –

On January 31, at least 85 people were killed in Dalori, a village about a dozen kilometers from Maiduguri, ravaged and burned by members of Boko Haram. Suicide bombers tried to enter the IDP camp close to the village but had been prevented.

Maiduguri, which has about 2.6 million people, including 1.6 million refugees according to the UN, has been hit by numerous attacks in recent months.

Boko Haram had appeared there in 2002 before triggering an insurgency in 2009 that left at least 17,000 dead and over 2.6 million displaced.

The violence also hit neighboring countries like the twin suicide bombing Wednesday morning during a mourning vigil in the village of Nguetchewe, northern Cameroon, regularly attacked a border region.At least six civilians were killed and over 30 injured.