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Another deadly Boko Haram attack kills 5, injures 15 in Borno

BORNO: Police foil suicide bomb attacks, kill 3 suspects

Suicide bombing attacks in a residential area of Dikwa, Borno State, are reported to have killed at least eight persons and injured 15 others on Friday.

Officials say that two female suicide bombers had secretly entered into a government built 20-unit housing estate in Dikwa and set off their explosives in what was believed to be a coordinated and targeted attack.

The chairman of Dikwa council, Rawa Goni-Modu, who led a team of rescue officials to evacuate the injured persons from Dikwa to the hospital in Maiduguri, confirmed the attacks.

He informed journalists that 8 persons excluding the suicide bombers were killed while 15 persons were also injured.

“The attack took place last (Friday) night when two Boko Haram girls blew up the bomb they carried on their bodies within the 20-housing in Dikwa,” he said.

He added that some of the injured persons had been given medication and are responding to treatment.

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News of the attack only emerged late Saturday as local officials claimed that they could not immediately communicate following the attacks owing to damaged communication facilities from previous devastating attacks by Boko Haram.

Recall that about three years ago when Dikwa was still under the control of Boko Haram, the town’s key facilities including telecom masts were destroyed by the sect as part its strategy of cutting conquered towns off from the larger society.

In 2015, following the recapture of Dikwa from Boko Haram, the military had projected it as a major strategic victory in the counterinsurgency effort, paving the way for return to the ravaged community by residents who had fled.

This incident is coming after recent upsurge in major attacks including the Lake Chad Basin attack which claimed many lives and led to the kidnap of staff of NNPC and others.

These attacks are occurring at a time when the military in Borno are operating with a 40-ultimatum to from Tukur Buratai, the army chief, to capture Abubakar Shekau, the sect’s leader.

Friday’s incident also follows the relocation order issued the service chiefs by Acting President Yemi Osinbajo to man the command centre in Borno.

Many are worried that the recent rise in Boko Haram attacks, including more direct and brazen attacks, might be an indication that the group is resurgent, after suffering significant losses in the past, and might point to lapse in military strategy and engagement.

 

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