UPDATE: Police confirm six dead in Maiduguri suicide bombing.

The Commissioner of Police, Mr. Damian Chukwu, has confirmed to newsmen in Maiduguri that six people have been declared dead following some suicide bombings in the town on Friday.


He said, “side from the explosion near a mobile Police location in Jiddari, we had two other suicide bombings along Maiduguri-Gamboru road.


“In the first case, a suspected male suicide bomber detonated his explosives after he was stopped at the entrance of the Muna Garage, killing himself instantly,” Chukwu said.


He said that another suspected male suicide bomber detonated his explosives on the same road a few meters away, killing himself and two local vigilantes called Civilian JTF.


”In all, we recorded six deaths, comprising four suspected bombers and two vigilantes.


“This is about the sixth or seventh suspected suicide attack in the last couple of days. The Police and other security agents are working hard to stop the ugly trend,” Chukwu said.

Early Morning Suicide Bombing Kills 10 In Somalia

A suicide bomber belonging to the Islamist insurgent group, al-Shabaab, killed at least 10 people on Thursday in central Somalia.

Officials and witnesses said the attack targeted a convoy carrying a senior regional official in the town of Galkayo, 750 kilometres north of the capital, Mogadishu.

A senior police officer, who asked to remain anonymous, said the official and several of his bodyguards were killed.

A witness, Jama Yusuf, said there was blood everywhere, adding that he saw several bodies. He said because the attack occurred very close to a hotel, apparently some of the occupants may have been injured.

Meanwhile, Al-Shabaab has claimed responsibility for the attack, on its Radio Andalus.



Child Suicide Bombing Kills Six In Borno

A child suicide bomber detonated his explosives, killing himself, two other bombers and six people in Nigeria’s northeast, in the latest bloodshed blamed on Boko Haram Islamist group, the army said on Monday.

The attack in Beninsheikh in Borno state happened around 8.30 pm on Sunday when three suspected suicide bombers aged between 10 and 15 years, were stopped for security screening by civilian vigilantes in the area, Colonel Sani Usman said in a statement.

He said one of the bombers, who was strapped with explosives, detonated the bomb, causing the “death of nine people while 24 others sustained various degrees of injuries.” Usman said the three suicide bombers were among the dead. “The security and emergency management agents have mobilised to the scene. The bodies have been evacuated and all those injured are receiving medical attention,” he said.

Suicide bombings — many by young boys and girls — have fast become Boko Haram’s preferred method of inflicting civilian casualties since it control of captured territory to a renewed military offensive by the military in recent months. Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari has given his military commanders until the end of the month to end the six-year violence.

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How Boko Haram Prepares Girls For Suicide Mission

A 36 year old Meriam, rescued from the horrors of Sambisa forest has narrated her ordeals of how Boko Haram members prepared little girls for suicidal missions. In an interview with New York Times, Meriam said while she was being held hostage by the sect members, she saw how little girls were brainwashed into thinking that they will be forgiven after they carry out the bomb attacks.

“The Boko Haram would recite the prayer for the dead. Then they would put on the hijab, covering the suicide belt. After they had prepared, “They said, ‘God will forgive us. Then, they would enter the vehicles, and they would send the women away.”she said. She also said during the interview that she had seen some of the Chibok girls captured in April last year at a hospital in Gwoza.

Many of the women who were rescued and interviewed recalled how they got pregnant by the sect members who turned them into sex slaves. Some of them had contracted the deadly HIV/AIDS virus from the sect members.

“They married me,” said another rescued woman, 25 year old Hamsatu who is pregnant for one of the sect members. She said she was four months pregnant, that the father was a Boko Haram member and that she had been forced to have sex with other militants who took control of her town.

“They chose the ones they wanted to marry,” added Hamsatu, whose full name was not used to protect her identity. “If anybody shouts, they said they would shoot them.”

“When they came, they would select the one they wanted to sleep with,” she said. “They said, ‘If you do not marry us, we will slaughter you.’.

Yana, one of the women who was interviewed said the sect members had “parked” her – a word many women have used to describe their imprisonment – with about 50 other women in a house in Bama, Borno State’s second city, with a population of several hundred thousand. Bama was occupied by Boko Haram last September.

Inside the house, “If they want to have an affair with a woman, they will just take her to a private place, so that the others won’t see,” said Yana in a singsong voice. She could not recall her age; a relief worker at the camp here said she had been raped so often by Boko Haram that she was “psychologically affected.”

Fanna, a delicate 12-year-old who had arrived at the camp here three days before, crouched on the floor, clasping her knees, and insisted in her thin child’s voice that Boko Haram had not touched her.

“The sect leaders make a very conscious effort to impregnate the women,” said the Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima. “Some of them, I was told, even pray before mating, offering supplications for God to make the products of what they are doing become children that will inherit their ideology.”

“It’s like they wanted to have their own siblings, to take over from them,” added Abba Mohammed Bashir Shuwa, a senior state official in Maiduguri.

A relief official at the camp who is working closely with the abused women echoed that thought. “We are going to have another set of Boko Haram,” said the official, Hadiza Waziri. “Most of these women now, they don’t want these pregnancies. You cannot love the child.”