Over 18 People Killed In Nigeria By Female Suicide Bombers

A series of fatal blast have led to the death over 18 people and about 30 people heavily injured. These blasts are thought to have been perpetrated by female suicide bombers.

On Saturday, somewhere in the Northeastern Borno State of Nigeria, six people got injured during a wedding ceremony.

The state’s emergency management agency said the co-ordinated attacks targeted a wedding, the victims’ subsequent funeral and a hospital in the town of Gwoza, close to the border of Cameroon.

Nigeria president Bola Tinubu has threatened to fish out and punish anyone who could be behind these deadly blasts.

As at now, no culprits have been identified but the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) centered in Nigeria, have also confirmed that there has been previous bombings Borno.

Whiles authorities have said that 18 deaths had been confirmed on Saturday, other local media have a much higher toll. These deaths include children, adults and pregnant women

The degree of injuries ranges from abdominal ruptures to skull and limb fractures.

A curfew has been imposed by the military.

AFP Victims of the suicide bomb attacks in Gwoza being treated
Some victims of the blast

In the last four months, attackers have twice targeted people through suicide and improvised explosive devices in Borno state.

Borno state has been at the centre of a 15-year insurgency by Boko Haram Islamist militants, which has displaced more than two million people and killed more than 40,000.

Boko Haram gained international notoriety in April 2014 when it kidnapped more than 270 students from the town of Chibok, also in Borno state.

Shortly after the kidnapping, the group carried out an attack in June and used their first female suicide bomber.

This was only three years after it deployed its first male suicide bomber.

A study found that Boko Haram has utilised more women as suicide bombers than any other group in history.

Recent numbers suggest that over half of all suicide bombers used by Boko Haram are female.

Many suggest that their mode of dressing (usually in hijab – a covering from the head to the feet) offers adequate means for hiding explosives.

Isaac OB

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