‘Waste No Time In Ending Attacks’, Borno Residents Tell Buhari

Military in Borno StateThe residents of Borno State are appealing to the government of Muhammadu Buhari to waste no time in ending the incessant attacks in the state by the Boko Haram terrorists.

The members of the terrorist group on Sunday carried out an attack on Moru-Moru market in the Gamboru area near Maiduguri, the state capital, killing at least one person.

For three consecutive days, there have been attacks at different locations in the state.

Although, no group claimed responsibility for the attacks, the Boko Haram sect is largely suspected.

Despite the strong statements of President Muhammadu Buhari about his resolve to end the activities of the group, the terrorists have sustained attacks on communities in Borno State, where they have been confined by Nigerian troops.

Maiduguri, the capital of Borno State, bears the marks of fierce fighting and the scars from the senseless killings still remains. A reason the residents want the new administration to address the challenge of insecurity in the state.

They also mentioned other areas they want the new administration to give priority attention, with great expectations from the State Governor, which he is mindful of.

And being the first time that the north-east Nigerian state would be having the same political affiliation with the central government, the people are optimistic that President Muhammadu Buhari would deal decisively with the insurgents.

 

Explosion Rips Through Borno Market, Four Injured

Borno Four people have been seriously injured in a bomb blast at the Moru-Moru market in the Gamboru area near Maiduguri the Borno State capital.

The bomb attack comes barely 24 hours after a suicide bomb attack on a mosque in Maiduguri.

Our correspondent in Maiduguri, Blessing Tunoh reports that the explosion is believed to have been caused by a concealed improvised explosive device.

The explosion reportedly emanated from a bagful of coal where where an IED was planted by an unknown person.

All four victims are traders in the market where the blast occurred and they were rushed to a hospital where they are said to be receiving treatment.

Normalcy has since returned to the area and other traders in the market have been carrying on with their normal activities.

Parts of the town have also been deserted as residents have kept off the streets for fears of further attacks.

Some residents have, however, expressed hope that President Buhari’s pronouncement concerning the security of Borno State would start yielding results within few days.

This is the fourth incident in three days. The first one happened in Hawul LGA in the early hours of May 29  – Democracy Day – and another in the night of the same day.

Early on Saturday soldiers had repelled an attack by the Boko Haram sect as they attempted to invade Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.

The insurgents are reported to have approached Maiduguri through Dala, a suburb of the town but could not gain entrance because of the military troops stationed there.

 

At Least 11 Killed In Bomb Blast At Maiduguri Mosque

bomb blastAt least 11 persons have been killed in a bomb blast that occurred at a mosque along the popular Yan Kwali area of the Maiduguri Monday Market in Borno State, Nigeria’s volatile north-east.

The explosion occurred after the first ‘Rakaat’ prayer session on Saturday.

After the blast witnesses said unspecified number of casualties were recorded.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, but the Boko Haram terrorist group is largely suspected.

The attack is coming just few hours after an earlier incidence that claimed at least 11 lives along Gomari Airport Ward of Maiduguri, the Borno State Capital.

The incidence has forced the State Government to cancel activities lined up to commemorate the Democracy Day on Friday.

Counter-terrorism operations to chase the terrorists out of the oil-rich nation’s north-east have been on for over five years.

Recent efforts have been concentrated on the Sambisa Forest stronghold of the terrorists, with several camps destroyed and many women and children held captive rescued.

Suspected Suicide Bomber Kills 12 In Maiduguri

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A suspected female suicide bomber killed at least 12 people on Tuesday in Maiduguri, capital of Nigeria’s Borno State, military and hospital sources said.

The attack is coming three days after a multiple bomb attack in the city killed more than 50.

A loud blast was heard in Maiduguri just after 4 p.m. (1500 GMT) and a military source at the scene said a woman had detonated her bomb at a roundabout near the Monday Market, which has been attacked numerous times before.

An eyewitness said he believed it had been the work of a female suicide bomber, and that he had seen her charred and dismembered body.

“The place was very busy. Many people were waiting to pick up taxis and some were walking down the road when the blast occurred,” Reuters quoted Abdulaziz Olawale as saying.

A source at the State Specialist Hospital said 12 corpses had been brought to the morgue.

Another bomb was discovered and defused by police on Tuesday in Babalayi, a densely populated district of Maiduguri and about 500 meters from the scene of Thursday’s explosion, a member of the civilian joint taskforce said. A police spokesman did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

After Nigeria’s general elections’ postponement on February 7 by the electoral body, the insurgents have been thrown onto the defensive after Chadian and Nigerien troops launched offensives in coordination with the Nigerian army, successfully reclaiming some important towns in Borno.

Over 30 communities have been reclaimed from the terrorist group, with Nigerian forces pushing the militants out of Adamawa State.

The Islamist Boko Haram insurgents have been fighting for six years to revive a medieval Islamic caliphate in north-east Nigeria.

In the last week of February, at least 15 persons died and 53 others were injured after a suicide bomber detonated a bomb at the Tashar Dan-Borno Motor Park in Potiskum town, Yobe State.

In the heat of the confusion, an eyewitness said a female suicide bomber, who carried out the attack, alighted from a tricycle opposite the Motor Park and rushed towards a loaded bus when the explosive went off.

However, the Nigerian police said the suicide bomber was a man, not a teenage girl as reported by some eyewitnesses.

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