Female suicide bomber blew herself at a bus station in the northeast Nigerian city of Damaturu

February 15, 2015 8:42 pm
A female suicide bomber blew herself at a bus station in the
northeast Nigerian city of on Sunday, killing herself and seven
others.

The attack took place at the Damaturu Central Motor park near the A
division police Station that was on January 9th burnt down by the Boko
Haram insurgents.

Girls are increasingly used by Boko Haram. Here,  Zahra'u Babangida, 13, was arrested with explosives strapped to her body. She refused to detonate the bomb. Photo / AP file
Girls are increasingly used by . Here, Zahra’u Babangida, 13,
was arrested with explosives strapped to her body. She refused to
detonate the bomb. Photo / AP file

The State Police Public Relation Officer Toyin Gbadegesin said the
bomber made several failed attempts to bomb the military outfit inside
the park before she boarded a half-loaded Sharon car and blew herself
off killing 10 people at the spot.

At about 12.10 hr Hijab wearing female suicide bomber came into the
park and went to the security vehicle there and she was turned away
after suspecting her movement. She then went to a commercial Sharon
vehicle in the car that was half loaded and the bomb exploded.
In the blast 10 people died, 31 are critically injured and are lying at the General Sani Abatcha hospital in Damaturu.
A shop owner told AFP that an angry mob prevented emergency workers from
evacuating the remains of the bomber. ”They gathered the pieces (body
parts) and set them on fire,” he said. 
The suicide attack at a bus station in the Nigerian city of Damaturu
came after authorities across the border in Niger’s Zinder region
detained dozens of suspected militants.
Boko Haram began its
brutal uprising against in 2009, but the Islamist extremists
have increasingly posed a regional threat.
The affected countries
— including Chad and Cameroon as well as Nigeria and Niger — have
launched an unprecedented joint effort to crush the insurgency, claiming
some early success, including the recapture of towns previously under
rebel control.
But Boko Haram this month carried out its
first-ever attacks inside Chad and Niger, apparently in retaliation for
the regional offensive, raising fears of the unrest spreading further.

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has called for more
US help to combat the threat, and for the first time drew a direct link
between Boko Haram and the Islamic State (IS) group in Iraq and Syria.
– Female bomber –
Police
in Damaturu, capital of Nigeria’s Yobe state, said a woman with
explosives packed on her body entered the city’s main bus station
shortly after midday (midnight NZ time).
She got out of a vehicle
and walked towards a grocery store at the back of the terminal, then
positioned herself in a crowd, according to multiple witness accounts.
She
then blew herself up, killing at least seven people and injuring 32
others, some of them seriously, said Yobe’s police commissioner Marcos
Danladi.
A shop owner in the park, who requested anonymity, said
an angry mob prevented rescue workers from evacuating the remains of the
bomber.
“They gathered the pieces (body parts) and set them on fire,” he told AFP.
While there was no immediate claim of responsibility, suspicion immediately fell on Boko Haram.
The
Islamist militants have increasingly been blamed for using woman and
girls as human bombs across northern Nigeria, and bus parks have been
among the groups preferred targets.
– Suspects arrested –
Across
the border from Yobe state in Niger’s Zinder region, several dozen
people suspected of having links to Boko Haram have been arrested, local
governor Kalla Moutari told AFP.
The suspects were detained for “checking” and had been sent to an anti-terrorist unit in the capital Niamey, he added.
The
suspects were arrested at checkpoints on access roads into Zinder,
Niger’s second largest city some 400 kilometres west of Diffa, the
governor said.
Boko Haram launched a series of cross-border attacks in the remote Diffa area on February 6.
Moutari
said some 10,000 people had fled the violence in Diffa to Zinder, and
that the checkpoints allowed authorities “to intercept those who had
infiltrated the displaced people”.
– Conflict spreading –
The unrest in Niger and Boko Haram’s first attack inside Chad on February 13 have fuelled growing fears of a widening uprising.
Jonathan’s
suggestion in an interview with the Wall Street Journal published
Saturday that Boko Haram had direct ties the Isis group may have been
aimed at raising the international alarm.
Boko Haram leader
Abubakar Shekau has previously mentioned Isis group leader Abu Bakr
al-Baghdadi in videos but has not pledged allegiance to the outfit.
Nigeria’s
military, once the strongest in West , has proved unable to
contain the violence and some experts have voiced doubt that
multi-national African offensive can succeed without more Western
support.
In a visit to Nigeria last month, US Secretary of State
John Kerry said Washington wanted to provide more assistance but
suggested all future cooperation would depend in part on the credibility
of Nigeria’s upcoming general election.
The vote had been
scheduled to take place this weekend, but Nigeria’s national security
advisor and military chiefs successfully lobbied for a delay to March
28.
They listed a number of justifications for the delay, including the raging violence in the northeast.

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