Military Checkpoint In Borno Exploded By Boko Haram And Killing Many People

February 17, 2015 3:54 pm
Three loud explosions rocked military check points in , Borno
State killing many, a Civilian JTF said. Early reports suspect the
bombs were detonated by militants.
The first explosions happened at Yamarkumi along Maiduguri road at
about 10pm, and two others followed after 10 minutes with an unknown
number of casualties, according to the sane Civilian-JTF source in Biu.

                                                           Recent Boko Haram Bombing


“It has killed many people because when Civilian JTF were trying to
rescue people whom were injured another blast occurred. So I can’t tell
you the casualty figures. There is confusion everywhere now. I saw
ambulances bring people to Biu General Hospital in Biu town.” Muhammad
Isa said.
Biu is about 185 kilometers away from Maiduguri.

Two suicide attacks in northeast killed at least 38 people on
Tuesday, after Boko Haram razed a town and as violence raged across the
embattled region less than six weeks from elections.
The
Islamist insurgency has already forced a delay in the vote, initially
scheduled for February 14, and officials voiced hope that a regional
military offensive could contain the bloodshed before the new polling
day, March 28.

Boko Haram launched two suicide attacks in northeast Nigeria that killed
at least 38 people on Tuesday. The Islamist terror group is stepping up
its attacks in the run up to the Nigerian election in March.

But the latest wave of attacks blamed on the
rebels underscored the challenge facing Nigeria and its neighbours –
Cameroon, Chad and Niger – despite claims of major successes in the
joint operation launched this month.
Niger’s President Mahamadou
Issoufou vowed that his country’s involvement in the four-nation
coalition would herald the end for the rebels, whose six-year insurgency
has killed more than 13,000 people.
“Niger will be the death of Boko Haram,” he told a cheering crowd after a protest against the insurgents in the capital Niamey.
But
Boko Haram has proved resilient throughout its deadly uprising and
experts question whether the group can be overpowered in the short-term.
Checkpoint, restaurant attacked
In
Nigeria’s , three assailants in a motorised rickshaw
detonated explosives at a checkpoint at Yamarkumi village, four
kilometres (2.5 miles) from the town of Biu, at about 1:00 pm (01:00am
NZT).
The suicide attack killed 36 people and injured 20, a
source at the Biu General Hospital told AFP, requesting anonymity. “Most
of the victims were child vendors and beggars that usually crowd the
checkpoint to sell wares and beg for alms,” the source added.
Boko
Haram has repeatedly tried to seize the Biu, 180 kilometres (110 miles)
from the state capital Maiduguri, but has been repelled by troops and
local vigilantes.
Some four hours later, in Potiskum, the
economic capital of neighbouring Yobe state, a bomber blew himself up
inside Al-Amir restaurant, a popular chain in northern Nigeria. The
restaurant manager and a steward were killed, while 13 staff and
customers were seriously injured, a police officer and nurse the
Potiskum General Hospital said.
The bombings followed a raid late
Monday in the Borno town of Askira Uba, some 25 kilometres south of
Chibok, from where rebel gunmen kidnapped more than 200 schoolgirls last
April.
Residents said homes and public buildings were razed,
including the palace of the local chief, and hundreds of people were
forced to flee.
Aliyu Abdullahia, who fled to the nearby town of
Mubi, claimed that soldiers “refused to deploy” from Chibok, where they
have been stationed since a Boko Haram attack in September last year.
Neighbours claim major gains
Nigeria
had long complained that lack of action from its neighbours had
hampered efforts against Boko Haram and has said the new cooperation
could prove decisive. Niamey said that more than 200 rebels were killed
in its first cross-border raid on the southeast of the country and on
Tuesday claimed to have averted a suicide attack in the Diffa region.
On
Monday, police in Diffa, which is currently under a state of emergency,
claimed they had detained more than 160 people suspected of being
allied to the outlawed group.
Cameroon’s army separately
announced that it had killed 86 militants and detained more than 1,000
people suspected of having links to Boko Haram in the country’s far
north.
But with access difficult to the remote regions
increasingly at the centre of the conflict and communications often
non-existent, there was no independent corroboration of the claims.
Analyst
Ryan Cummings of risk consultants Red24 said the regional forces may be
repeating Nigerian tactics in the early counter-insurgency.
Cummings
said the numbers “may not be indicative of actual Boko Haram support”
but rather point to local communities, particularly in Cameroon’s Far
North region, arming themselves against the insurgents.
“This may
be creating the perception that they are antagonistic towards
government forces and therefore aligned to Boko Haram,” Cummings, said
in an email exchange.
“This would explain why casualties numbers
of supposed Boko Haram militants are so high in comparison to relatively
low figures among military forces.”
Campaign violence
In
violence unrelated to the Boko Haram uprising, explosions and gunfire
at an opposition election rally in southern Nigeria’s Rivers state
killed a police officer and injured four others, while a reporter
covering the event was stabbed.
The unrest happened in the
hometown of President Goodluck Jonathan’s wife Patience. A political
motive was likely, with tensions running high between Jonathan’s ruling
Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the main opposition All Progressives
Congress (APC).

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