Only days after multiple bombings killed and injured many, Maiduguri was again hit by another suicide bombing which killed at least 12, today in the continued onslaught of terror.
On Saturday (7 March 2015), the city of Maiduguri, capital of Borno State witnessed death and devastation in multiple suicide blasts over the period of 4 hours. Boko Haram is suspected behind the attacks.
The death toll originally reported as 54, but medical workers claim the number was higher as some later died from blood loss and serious injuries they had sustain in the blast. Scores still are being treated for their injuries at multiple Hospital locations.
At about 4pm on Tuesday, a woman had detonated herself near an area where people were waiting for taxis.
Medical sources claim they are “overwhelmed”, still treating over 130 people injured in Saturday’s attack.
NDTV shared, Mohammed Kanar, the northeast coordinator for Nigeria’s main emergency management agency (NEMA) said the authorities successfully carried out a controlled explosion on a second device.
“Another bomb planted… not far from the market was safely destroyed by security operatives. People mistook the explosion for a second attack,” he said.
In another report, “The place was very busy. Many people were waiting to pick up taxis and some were walking down the road when the blast occurred,” Reuters quoted Abdulaziz Olawale as saying.
A source at the State Specialist Hospital said 12 corpses had been brought to the morgue.
Another bomb was discovered and defused by police on Tuesday in Babalayi, a densely populated district of Maiduguri and about 500 meters from the scene of Thursday’s explosion, a member of the civilian joint taskforce said. A police spokesman did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
The attack came after the government called the leader of Boko Haram pledge of allegiance to IS as a sign of weakness in the face of growing military pressure from Nigeria and its allies.
Maiduguri is the capital of Borno state, an economic hub and the biggest city in northeastern Nigeria. In 2002, Mohammed Yusuf founded the terror sect that became known as Boko Haram in this city. This is why it is often called the birthplace of Boko Haram. The radical militants have made this city the target for many bombings and large armed assaults, since they were driven from their base after a military state of emergency was declared in May 2013. Their attacks have become more sophisticated and deadly with obvious ties to other terror groups such as ISIS, Al-shabob, Al-queda, Hezbollah, Hamas, and the Taliban. A super highway of terror that reaches from the Middle East to the coast of Africa. Some refer to it as the creation of a terror franchise.
As we reported, shortly after the group took control and claimed a caliphate in the Gwoza area of Borno State in August, Shekau, the leader of Boko Haram said, “Thanks be to Allah who gave victory to our brethren in Gwoza and made it part of the Islamic state.”
It was debated if their Islamic caliphate was tied to the Islamic State (ISIS) controlling swaths of Syria and Iraq. To finally put the debate to rest—Shortly after the suicide attacks on Saturday, Abubakar Shekau tweeted his allegience to ISIS on Twitter. “We announce our allegiance to the caliph … and will hear and obey in times of difficulty and prosperity,” Shekau said. “We call on Muslims everywhere to pledge allegiance to the caliph.”
As we reported in the fall, data collected by the Nigeria Social Violence Project proved Boko Haram as leading the most lethal conflict that Nigeria has faced in decades. And labeled as one of the most significant conflicts in the world. Northeast Nigeria has become a war zone with bombings, robberies, kidnappings, assaults on churches and the occupation of villages and towns. The group became noticed in the media for kidnapping over 200 school girls. Boko Haram insurgents use tactics similar to ISIS in Iraq and Syria, as with declaring a local caliphate in Gwoza local government of Borno State.
According to the Global Terrorism Index Report 2014 The majority of claimed deaths from terrorist attacks, 66 per cent in 2013, are claimed by only four terrorist organisations; ISIL, Boko Haram, the Taliban and al-Qa’ida and its affliates.
And of 84 countries listed, Nigeria ranked 4th on the index map.
Fearing the violence will spread throughout the region, Niger and Chad have entered the ground and air defensive against the terror group. Cameroon is policing their border. As it is shared that Boko Haram is associating with ISIS, the people want action. With the combined efforts of regional armies, hopes are that the connections for funds and firearms can be curtailed and an end to the deadly 6 year, Boko Haram insurgency. For the sake of the Nigerian people, may God have mercy on Nigeria.
PLEASE PRAY FOR NIGERIA!