Scrolling news:

Nigeria: 16 killed, 82 injured in suicide blasts in Borno state

17th Aug 2017
Nigeria: 16 killed, 82 injured in suicide blasts in Borno state

– Death toll may rise further after suicide bombers target car parking lot in northeast Borno state

UPDATES WITH TURKISH FOREIGN MINISTRY’S STATEMENT

By Olarewaju Kola

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AA) – At least 16 people were killed and 82 others injured in multiple suspected suicide attacks in northeast Borno state late Tuesday, police said Wednesday.

Police Commissioner Damian Chukwu told reporters three suspected bombers, including two females entered a car parking lot in Konduga town on Tuesday evening and detonated their explosives.

Details of the blasts remained sketchy until Wednesday morning due to lack of communication facilities at Konduga, some 35 kilometers (22 miles) from state capital Maiduguri.

“Two female suicide bombers and a male counterpart approached a mini motor park/market at Konduga town.

“They all detonated IEDs [improvised explosive devices] strapped to their bodies, killing themselves and 16 others while about 82 persons were injured,” Chukwu said.

The injured were shifted to a public hospital in Maiduguri.

The death toll may rise further as more bodies are recovered from the blast scene, a hospital official told Anadolu Agency on condition of anonymity due to restrictions on talking to the media.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack but similar attacks in the past were said to be carried out by Boko Haram, which is behind most of the violence in the country’s northeast.

Meanwhile, Turkey condemned the latest attack.

“We strongly condemn these attacks targeting innocent people and attempting to destabilize the region,” Turkish Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

It wished Allah’s mercy upon those who lost their lives and speedy recovery to the injured.

“We wholeheartedly share the grief of brotherly people of Nigeria, reiterate our support to Nigeria in its fight against terrorism and wish peace soon gets restored in the region,” the statement added.

[Map of Nigeria By Kemal Delikmen/AA]

Leave a Comment

What is 7 + 2 ?
Please leave these two fields as-is:
IMPORTANT! To be able to proceed, you need to solve the following simple math (so we know that you are a human) :-)

Over 120 people attended a landmark conference on the media reporting of Islam and Muslims. It was held jointly by The Muslim News and Society of Editors in London on September 15.

The Muslim News Awards for Excellence 2015 was held on March in London to acknowledge British Muslim and non-Muslim contributions to the society.

The Muslim News Awards for Excellence 2015 was held on March in London to acknowledge British Muslim and non-Muslim contributions to the society.

The Muslim News Awards for Excellence event is to acknowledge British Muslim and non-Muslim contributions to society. Over 850 people from diverse background, Muslim and non-Muslim, attended the gala dinner.

Latest Tweets