July 13, 2017

19 killed, 23 injured in Borno Boko Haram attacks

This screengrab taken on August 8, 2016 from a Boko Haram video released by the Nigerian Islamist extremist group Boko Haram and obtained by AFP shows Boko Haram’s shadowy leader Abubakar Shekau as he appeares in a new video vowing to fight on, shrugging off an apparent split in the hardline jihadist group blamed for thousands of deaths since 2009. “I… Abubakar Ash-Shakawy (Shekau), the leader of Jama’atu Ahlissunnah Lidda’awati Wal Jihad, made it a duty for myself (to fight) Nigeria and the whole world,” Shekau said in the video released on August 7, 2016, using the group’s name since it declared allegiance to the so-called Islamic State. Vanguard

By Ndahi Marama

Maiduguri—Borno State Police Command, yesterday, confirmed that 19 people were killed and 23 injured in the latest Boko Haram attacks in Maiduguri, late Tuesday night.

The attacks claimed the lives of 12 Civilian Joint Task Force, CJTF, members and seven civilians, according to the state’s Commissioner of Police, Mr. Damian Chukwu.

Recalled that no fewer than 860 CJTF members have lost their lives to the insurgency in Borno since 2014.

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Chukwu, who had since visited the scenes of the attacks, told reporters in Maiduguri yesterday, that four female suicide bombers attacked Moloi, Judumeri and Polo-Sabongari areas of Maiduguri.

He said the attackers targeted a CJTF check point and detonated their explosives, killing seven of the task force members.

Chukwu said that another suicide bomber denoted an explosive strapped to her body when she was intercepted by a CJTF member, killing herself and the CJTF member.

Few minutes later, he said, another suicide bomber attacked a group of mourners who gathered to symphathise with families of those killed in the earlier attacks.

His words: “The suicide bomber detonated an improvised explosive device, IED, killing herself and the mourners. About 12 CJTF members and seven civilians were killed in the separate attacks. The attacks occurred between 10p.m. and 10.30p.m. on the outskirts of the metropolis.”

Chukwu reiterated the Command’s commitment to protecting lives and properties, calling on residents to be vigilant and to provide useful informa-tion to security agencies.

He said government should intensify awareness campaign on the need to be security conscious.

Leader of Civilian JTF in the village, Babakura Ali, said the suicide bombers entered around 9:30p.m. on Tuesday, moved to different locations and detonated IEDs strapped to their bodies killing themselves, 12 Civilian JTF and seven villagers, while 23 persons were injured.