Two female suicide bombers attacked an Internally-Displaced Persons (IDP) camp in Dikwa Local Government Area, Borno State, and detonated their Improvised Explosive Devices, IEDS, killing about 58 persons.
The Chairman of Borno State Emergency Management Agency, Ahmed Satomi, who confirmed the incident said that 78 other persons were injured in the incident.
He said the two female bombers stormed the IDPs camp in Dikwa Local Government Area of Borno State at about 6.30 am on Tuesday and blew up themselves in the midst of the crowd of displaced persons.
He noted that SEMA did not receive word of the attacks until late morning, yesterday due to the lack of telecommunications network in Dikwa council.
He said: “We were not informed of the attacks until this morning (Wednesday). As soon as we heard, SEMA and NEMA officials were on the scene. We evacuated 78 injured persons to Maiduguri.”
The suicide bombing follows the invasion of two communities in Damboa LGA by Boko Haram on Monday, which led to the death of six people and the theft of food.
Meanwhile, the Nigerian Army killed an unspecified number of Boko Haram insurgents in an early morning ambush at a major cattle market in Gwai Mainari area of Borno State.
The Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Col. Sani Usman, in a statement, said that the troops of the 212 Tank Battalion, 29 Task Force Brigade said some of the terrorists were killed while others escaped with gunshot wounds.
The statement read in part, “In continuation of their clearance operations of remnants of Boko Haram terrorists in the North-East, troops of 212 Tank Battalion, 29 Task Force Brigade, early this morning ambushed some Boko Haram elements at a major cattle market in Gwai Mainari around Mainok general area.
“The ambush party supported by a quick response group captured a Hilux vehicle containing eight jerry cans of petroleum, oil and lubricants, large quantity of 7.62mm ammunition, 127mm ammunition and four AK-47 rifles, as well as five hand grenades.
“Some of the terrorists were killed while others escaped with gunshot wounds. It is important to note that more operational strategies are being employed to further flush out the remnants of Boko Haram terrorists wherever they might be hiding in the North-East.”