Tragedy Hits Borno IDPs Camp as Female Suicide Bombers Kill Over 60
More than 60 people have been killed in north east Nigeria after two female suicide bombers detonated their explosive vests.
The pair reportedly walked into a 50,000 strong IDPs refugee camp filled with people fleeing the insurgency in the north by the jihadist Boko Haram group.
A third woman was arrested after refusing to set off her bomb when she realized her family were among those inside.
The attack took place 85 km near the town of Dikwa in Borno state. It happened on Tuesday but a breakdown in the phone systems delayed the news of the atrocity.
No group has claimed responsibility but the Nigerian authorities said the attack bore the hallmarks of Boko Haram which has frequently used female bombers and even children to hit targets.
It comes shortly after the Nigerian army attacked strongholds near Kalabalge, killing dozens of Boko Haram fighters and rescuing hundreds of woman.
The militant group has recently increased the frequency and deadliness of attacks with three at the end of January. At least 65 people were killed outside Borno state capital Maiduguri on Jan 31.
Since it lost territory to a government counter-offensive last year, Boko Haram has reverted to hit-and-run attacks on villages and suicide bombings at places of worship or markets.
Boko Haram has only rarely targeted camps housing people displaced by the conflict and Tuesday’s attack was the first one to kill victims in Borno state.
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