Suicide Bombers Attack Refugee Camp In Dikwa Nigeria


A double suicide attack at a camp for internally displaced persons (IDP) in Borno state Nigeria has left more than 70 people dead. The attacks occurred in the town of Dikwa which is only 80kms from Maiduguri, the capital city of the state.

The attack which was reportedly set off by two young girls recruited by Boko Haram comes a week after the extremists attacked Dalori, burning people to death, even babies. Three girls appeared at the camp, considered to be refugees, they were allowed access to the camp which was created to help people that have been displaced as a result of the Boko Haram insurgency.

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The following morning, two of the girls detonated their bombs, killing over 70 people and leaving several others injured. Reports claim that the third suicide bomber wouldn’t detonate her bomb because she had recognized her mother and siblings at the camp. She surrendered to authorities and warned that future attacks are being planned.

“We recovered 35 dead bodies and 78 injured following the attack on Dikwa IDP [camp] on Tuesday morning,” the chairman of the Borno State Emergency Management Agency, Satomi Ahmed, told AFP.

“From what we gathered, three female suicide bombers disguised as IDPs arrived at IDP camp at about 6:30 am.

“Two of them detonated their explosives. The third one refused to set off hers when she realised her parents and siblings were in the camp. She surrendered herself to the authorities.”

Boko Haram has previously attacked IDP camps. In September 2015, they attacked Malkohi camp near Yola state, also in North-Eastern Nigeria.

Using young girls and women is nothing new as they have deployed this tactics in previous attacks. Relief has been deployed to the victims by the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) .

The Vice President of Nigeria, Professor Yemi Osinbajo took to social media to assure Nigerians that preventive measures are being set in place to tackle the terrorists.

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