Five suicide bomb blasts rocked a relief camp for Nigerians who fled from the violence of Islamist terrorist group, Boko Haram insurgents in Maiduguri early Wednesday, March 22, 2017 officials said.
“There were four explosions inside the camp,” the coordinator of the Muna camp Tijjani Lumani told AFP. “The bombers struck at different locations around 4:30 am.
“The explosions triggered fires which burned down many tents”, he said, adding that casualties details were not known.
Nigeria’s national emergency service confirmed the attacks to us.
“There were some suicide explosions in Muna camp. Our men have mobilised to the scene,” Ibrahim Abdulkadir of the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, said in an e-mailed statement to our newspaper.
“A total of 5 suicide bombers all male adults were involved in the incidents killing 3 innocent persons.
“The first location is Muna Kumbori an unofficial host community camp housing 199 internally displaced persons attacked by three suicide bombers which led the the death of 2 innocent persons.
“The second location is Muna Dagalti which was attacked by 1 suicide bomber killing 1 innocent person.
“The third location is Muna Bulaya attacked by 1 suicide bomber who was the only casualty.
“At least 20 people with various degrees of injuries were administered with first aid by Emergency response team and transported to the state specialist hospital while the remains of the dead have been deposited in the mortuary,” the statement ended.
Muna camp, on the edge of Maiduguri, is currently home to tens of thousands of people who have fled Boko Haram.
The Islamist insurgency has killed at least 20,000 people and forced more than 2.6 million others from their homes since it began in northeast Nigeria in 2009.
Boko Haram has continued to target the internally displaced people (IDPs) and there have been several attempted suicide bomb attacks near Muna camp, which is not fenced off and is easily accessible.
Aid workers said last week that the Muna camp residents are facing a severe lack of water, compounding widespread food shortages and security fears.
Buhari Defeats Boko Haram?
Late December 2016, President Muhammadu Buhari declared victory over the Islamist terrorist group after Nigerian troops announced that they have recaptured Camp Zero in Sambisa forest, the base of the deadliest terrorist group in the world.
The Nigerian Army later presented the president with the flag belonging to the terrorist group in a “mission accomplished” ceremony.
Since the declaration a week ahead of Christmas Day 2016, Boko Haram has launched a number of deadly attacks in the North Eastern region of the country where the terrorists have murdered at least 50,000 since they began their campaign to establish an Islamic caliphate in the country.