Suspected Boko Haram terrorists kill 16 people in northeast Nigeria
At least 16 people have been killed when suspected members of the Takfiri Boko Haram terrorist group detonated their explosive vests near a camp of displaced people in the volatile northeastern state of Borno, the birthplace of the terror outfit.
Nigeria's National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) said in a statement that the bomb attacks occurred close to the Dalori camp at Kofa village, located nearly 10 kilometers southeast of the provincial capital Maiduguri, at about 08:45 p.m. local time (1945 GMT) on Sunday.
According to Abdulkadir Ibrahim, the spokesman of the NEMA, two female terrorists first attempted to enter the camp but were thwarted by security personnel of the camp.
However, "two other female bombers detonated their explosives at the adjoining Dalori Kofa village, where they killed 16 people," he added in the statement.
Borno state police spokesman Victor Isuku gave a more detailed account of the attacks in his initial report of the incident, saying the first assailant detonated her explosives "near a mosque", claiming the lives of seven people, and the second one blew herself up "in a house", killing six people. He added that at least 11 people also sustained injuries in the blasts and were taken to hospital.
However, Ibrahim updated Isuku's report, saying three of the wounded succumbed to their injuries later on. "The 16 does not include the bombers," he added.
Isuku revised the number of attackers up to five from four, and maintained that other three assailants, not directly involved in the blasts, were also killed.
No group has so far claimed responsibility for the attacks but they bear the hallmark of the Boko Haram Takfiri terrorist group, as it in the past employed radicalized females on multiple occasions to conduct bombing attacks against people or army troops.