14 Dead After Suicide Bombing in Northeastern Nigeria — Bombing blamed on the Boko Haram extremist group

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria — Authorities in northeastern Nigeria say at least 14 people are dead after a suicide bombing blamed on the Boko Haram extremist group.

Bello Dambatta, head of the rapid response team for the State Emergency Agency SEMA, said a female suicide bomber sneaked into a building late Friday in Dikwa, east of the city of Maiduguri, and detonated her explosives.

Volunteers said at least two dozen others were wounded and had to wait until Saturday morning to be evacuated because of safety concerns and the lack of phone service.

Meanwhile, three geologists abducted in an ambush attack Tuesday by Boko Haram insurgents have appeared in new video calling on the Nigerian government to negotiate the workers’ release. Authorities say at least 48 people were killed in that attack near Lake Chad.

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‘More than 40’ killed in battle with Boko Haram in Nigeria

BBC News

Nigerian military vehicle
Nigeria’s military has been battling the insurgents since 2009. AFP photo

More than 40 people have died in north-east Nigeria during an attempt to free people who had been ambushed in a convoy by militant Islamist group Boko Haram, sources have told the BBC.

At least five members of an oil exploration team were killed and soldiers also died.

Army chiefs have now been ordered to relocate to the affected area.

The high number of casualties will be a blow for the government, which insists the insurgency is all but defeated.

At least 20,000 people have been killed and thousands more abducted since Boko Haram launched its insurgency in the city of Maiduguri, north-east Nigeria, in 2009.

In the most notorious abduction case, it seized 276 girls from a boarding school in the north-eastern town of Chibok in 2014.

It has since freed more than 100 of the girls, in exchange for the release of its fighters detained by Nigeria’s security forces.

‘Death toll mounting’

Details of what happened on Tuesday remain unclear, with initial reports from the army suggesting the abducted geologists and surveyors, who worked at the University of Maiduguri, had been rescued.

On Tuesday, the army said the bodies of nine Nigerian soldiers and a civilian had been recovered.

But now the university has said at least five members of staff, including two academics and a driver, were killed when the heavily armed convoy made its way back to Maiduguri, in north-east Nigeria.

Several others remain missing.

“We got the impression our staff on the team were rescued because that was what the military spokesman said yesterday,” Maiduguri University spokesman Dani Mamman said, quoted by AFP.

“But we were shocked when we were given four dead bodies. This means it wasn’t a rescue. We still have other staff that are yet to be accounted for.”

Sources told the BBC that more than 40 people, most of them soldiers and volunteers from a vigilante group, had been killed in total – although other sources suggest the number killed may rise further still.

“The death toll keeps mounting,” a source told AFP, adding: “More bodies are coming in.”

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-40740323

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3 Responses to “14 Dead After Suicide Bombing in Northeastern Nigeria — Bombing blamed on the Boko Haram extremist group”

  1. Brittius Says:

    Reblogged this on Brittius.

  2. goldsteinweb Says:

    I am really sorry for the loved ones of the dead and for the wounded. At the same time, I’m angered that I wouldn’t find that properly reflected in our media.

    Sorry that I go a bit off topic here, but aren’t 14 dead people more important than the latest psychoanalsis of Trump considering that I’m reading German paper (we are closer to Nigeria than to Washington).

  3. daveyone1 Says:

    Reblogged this on World Peace Forum.

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