Suicide Bombing Death Toll Rises to 40 in Northeastern Nigeria

ICC Note: Suicide attacks in northeastern Nigeria on Wednesday took the lives of 40 people after two women set off improvised explosives in a local mosque during morning prayer.
A second attack occurred on a settlement of Fulani herders where two men with suicide vests detonated, killing 10.
Around the same time, two more male suicide bombers killed at least 12 people inside another mosque in Gubio town neighboring the Borno state of Nigeria. Boko Haram seems to have increased their suicide attacks on the population of the Lake Chad region spilling into Chad, Cameroon, and Niger.
Boko Haram continues to use young girls as suicide bombers, bringing about speculation that they may be using some of the mostly Christian Chibok girls for this purpose.

DAMATURU, Nigeria (New York Times)— Suicide bombers, some screaming “God is great,” killed at least 40 people in two northeastern Nigerian states Wednesday, including explosions in two mosques, officials and witnesses said. All the bombers died.

Earlier, Boko Haram Islamic extremists had attacked a rural military camp in northeastern Yobe state overnight but were repulsed by troops who killed at least 100 of the insurgents, army spokesman Col. Sani Usman said.

Seven troops died in that fighting and nine were injured, he said. Hours later, at around 6 a.m. when mosques are filled with the faithful performing early-morning prayers, two women suicide bombers struck in Damaturu, Yobe state’s commercial center.

“One of the suicide bombers gained entry into the mosque and detonated explosives and the other bomber was sighted roaming around the compound and (when) asked questions, she too detonated explosives,” said resident Ibrahim Musa.In Damaturu, police Assistant Superintendent Toyin Gbagedesin said seven people died.

Musa said he counted 15 bodies. There was no immediate way to reconcile the conflicting tolls. Gbagedesin also reported a third attack by two male suicide bombers on a settlement of Fulani herders that he said killed 10 people.

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