Suicide bombers strike in Maiduguri


Three suicide bombers killed 18 people in Maiduguri, capital of the state worst hit by the Boko Haram insurgency, its police commissioner said.

Nobody claimed responsibility for the attack but the use of suicide bombers in crowded areas is a hallmark of the Islamist militant group, which has killed more than 20,000 people since 2009 and forced over two million to flee.

Damian Chukwu, police commissioner for Borno state, said the attack happened at a fish market around 20 km from the centre of Maiduguri on Friday.
“The three suicide bombers were killed and 18 other people died. Twenty-two people were injured,” said Chukwu.

Suicide bombings continue despite repeated assertions by government and the military since 2016 to have defeated the Boko Haram insurgency, which aims to create an Islamic state in Nigeria’s north-east.

President Muhammadu Buhari took office in 2015 with a promise to improve security for ordinary Nigerians.

In addition to the jihadist insurgency, communal violence has plagued swathes of the country in the last few months, including a clash last week that killed 18.