Suicide bombers kill 45 in Nigeria

From AHMED OBAFEMI
MAIDUGURI, (CAJ News) – AT least 45 civilians have been killed following a spate of suicide bomb attacks in northeast Nigeria.
The Islamic militant Boko Haram sect is blamed for the attacks carried out in the Borno State.
The latest attack occured on Monday in Konduga, about 28 kilometers southeast of the capital Maiduguri.
Civilians in Banki, Konduga and Ngala areas have been targeted.
Four attacks in recent weeks, three of which were carried out by suicide bombers, left countless other victims injured.
This is indicative of a surge in the violence triggered by a regionalised conflict now in its eighth year.
The United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria, Edward Kallon, condemned the attacks.
“Civilians are routinely killed in direct and indiscriminate attacks in the north-east of Nigeria,” said Kallon.
He said the conflict was reaching new lows, with more than 80 children used as human bombs in 2017 alone.
“I call upon all parties to the conflict to respect human life and dignity.”
Kallon said the frequency of the attacks was on the rise and insurgents were targeting ‘softer’ targets, such as camps for displaced people.
“This is an extremely worrying trend.”
He said while the government of President Muhammadu Buhari had made significant progress in many locations in the north-east, allowing thousands of people to return home, more remained to be done.
“I urge the government of Nigeria to increase efforts to protect civilians,” Kallon said.
Since the start of the conflict, more than 20 000 people have been killed,thousands of women and girls abducted and children used as so-called suicide bombers.
Some 8,5 million people need humanitarian assistance in the most affected states of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe States.
CAJ News

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