Eight killed, 15 injured as female suicide bombers attack Borno town

Bomb blast

At least eight persons were confirmed dead and 15 others critically injured Friday evening after two teenage female suicide bombers attacked a residential area of Dikwa, 80 kilometres from Maiduguri, Borno State capital.

News of the attack got to Maiduguri late Saturday afternoon as local government officials from the attacked community said they could not mobilise for emergency response due to lack of communication facilities.

Boko Haram, three years ago, destroyed virtually every social infrastructure like telecom masts in the area, at a time it held the town.

The military celebrated the recapture of Dikwa in late 2015. Most of the earlier displaced residents of Dikwa later returned to their community from Cameroon.

On Friday night, residents say, two female suicide bombers sneaked into a government built 20-unit housing estate in Dikwa and carried out coordinated attack there.

About eight persons, excluding the suicide bombers, died.

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, informed journalists that 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 said some of the injured ones had been given medication and are responding to treatment.

The attack is the latest in a series of intensified attacks carried by Boko Haram suicide bombers since March this year.

Suicide attacks by Boko Haram has become almost a daily occurrence around Maiduguri in the past three months.

The worsening trend prompted the Nigeria chief of army staff, Tukur Buratai to issue a 40-day ultimatum to the commanders of the counterinsurgency operations in the northeast to arrest the group’s leader, Abubakar Shekau, and also end the insurgency.

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo had this week ordered all the military service chiefs to relocate to the northeast to personally coordinate the war against Boko Haram.


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  • Emona

    I think more people have been killed by boko haram under Buhari’s 2 years in office than in Goodluck’s 6 years in office. Before the 2015 election, the APC and some northern elders accused Goodluck of doing nothing to stop the boko haram insurgency in the north. So with more people deing under Buhari in just 2 years, can APC still accuse Jonathan of doing nothing? Or will APC accept that it has failed?

    • Justice Equity

      Every thing about buhari and his axis of evil party is a fraud. Their foundation is built on lies and falsehoods, their government is established on lies,falsehoods, false promises, cunning craftiness, intelligent looting, criminal conspiracies ,satanic manipulations and cover ups .
      Buhari and APC are the worst evil that can befall any nation.
      No wonder that God have began their judgment in earnest.
      The holy book says even if hands are joined together, the wicked shall never go unpunished.
      Every man or woman who contributed in one way or the other to afflict Nigeria with buhari and APC, shall never go unpunished for the pain,sorrow, anguish, suffering,injury and death which buhari and APC have brought upon Nigeria because of inordinate ambition for political power.

      • Emona


  • Gary

    Where is Boko Haram, supposedly on its heels, getting this endless supply of suicide bombers from?
    Why is the Nigerian media, PT included, afraid to ask our military tough questions about the adverse turn of events in fighting the terrorists?
    Is it linked to the ransom payments for the release of the Chibok girls, the unnecessary change of theatre commanders by the Army Chief? And for what reason? Why was General Erabor removed when our troops had the upper hand in the war?

    We are owed an explanation by the Army high command on the upsurge in combat and civilian casualties in the war effort that we were led to believe was now a mop-up operation. It is not and the death toll is again mounting. Especially for the students and faculty of UniMaid who have become fishes in a barrel for the Jihadists.

    We hope Mr. Osinbajo has his convalescing boss in London fully apprised of the outcome of his folly in prospecting for oil in the Chad Basin amid a barbaric insurgency in the region. The needless waste of lives is nothing new to the less gullible for whom Fela Kuti sang that Buhari’s rule has always been marked by Sorrow, Tears and Blood.

    • George

      Please no one need their explanation provided they are dying quietly in that hole called North.

      My prayer is that God Almighty to continue to blindfold them all until they are finally consume with their evil thoughts towards others.

      • Sanssouci

        George cool down, love thy neighbour as thyself

        • George

          We have no neighbors among a group of religion people who are taking our God gifts by force to go and search for Cows urine just because they think they can out-smart God Almighty.

  • Frank Bassey

    We must be courageous enough to tell Alhaji Muhammadu Buhari that he has failed. His claims of success in his three planks of governance: Economy, Security and Corruption are all hoax. Why is the latest upsurge of insurgency in the North East no longer attracting the comments of Lawmakers, Lai Mohammed and Channels Television which made the challenge of the IDPs a focal point during GEJ’s administration? Why are CNN and Aljazera, PMB/APC media partners no longer carrying Boko Haram attacks as frequently as they did under GEJ? I keep saying it, you cannot run away from NEMESIS. What ever measure you use on others is the measure others will use on you. Buhari is not as sincere as he was assessed; his capacity to lead this country is zero. But it is good he has been tested and found incompetent, clueless and unfit.

    • Econometricas2000

      @disqus_EkZWB7P0Qm:disqus ;

      Nigeria: State of the Nation in 2017

      Violence escalates in Nigeria today
      because the dis-affected majority of people simply don’t see the shambolic
      government of Muhamadu Buhari as a force for good or as a solution to anything.
      Whereas, in irony, party loyalty is being misunderstood in suicidal terms by naïve
      Nigerians who’d voted for Buhari as meaning ‘my party right or wrong’. The effect
      is acquiescence by those APC voting-supporters to the near-ruin the ruling APC
      party under Muhamadu foisted on the country through ignorance and utter lack
      of knowledge. After foisting 64% devaluation of the national currency in the
      year 2016; tantamount to across-the-board tax on ever asset and on every adult
      population in Nigeria, the APC ruling party in Nigeria cannot balance the books
      in Nigeria or show improvement in any sector of the country as a result, but
      has instead just recorded 2.5 trillion Naira deficit between January and
      June this year
      , – a whopping symptom of a financially adrift country
      without ropes, chains or anchors, since the current ₦2.5 trillion deficit
      will now translate and add to government debts through borrowings.

      • Econometricas2000

        ………(2) Nigeria: State of the Nation in 2017

        BUHARI’s government is becoming not
        so much bumbling as sickening. It is now a ceremonial presidency for
        photographs, tours and travels to London, and nothing else sensible. It would
        have been hilarious if it were not tragic that a presidency ushered in by
        wholly ignorant masses has proved irrelevant and worse than useless to be
        considered a solution to Nigeria’s existential crises as 28 million youths are
        officially recorded as un-employed today, and as Buhari’s ignorant rule shrank
        Nigeria’s national economy for the first time in 25 years
        ; collapsed aviation
        industry with only four airlines flying with two planes each, and with banks
        and manufacturing companies shuttering and retrenching thousands of workers,
        in response to Buhari’s mindless devaluation of the national currency by 64%;
        simultaneously with 62% hike in pump price of petrol – both of which shot
        inflation up by 17.1% and tripled costs of goods and services across the
        country over against stagnant wages, thus deepening poverty.

    • George

      God will continue to be blessing you are you continue revealing to those animals they secret arrangements that has back fired on them.

      Take one bottle to cool yourself.

  • Solomon Brown

    Boko boys have been on a rampage all through last week, I need anybody other than an APC zombie, to explain the recent turn in events. Stop with this delusion of defeating Boko haram, they are a political tool for the core Northern Arab wannabe, if that was not the case, these good for nothing bastards would not be running amok.