Suicide Bombers Detonate Explosives in Northeastern Nigeria

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Suicide bombers detonated explosives in the northeast Nigerian village of Molai on Wednesday as Vice President Yemi Osinbajo visited nearby Borno state capital, Maiduguri.

The two bombers killed themselves in the blast about 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) north of Maiduguri. Two others were injured in the explosion at around 11 a.m. near a hospital where five people died in an attack on June 28, Hassan Ibrahim, a militia member, said by phone from Maiduguri.

“It must have been accidental detonation as no known persons or structure were targeted by the suicide bombers,” he said. “Many residents including patients on admission at the hospital were left scampering for safety.”

Osinbajo was visiting people in Maiduguri displaced by the Islamist insurgency in the northeast. Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari came to office last month vowing to crush a six-year insurgency by Boko Haram. The rebels have stepped up attacks at markets and other public places since losing territory earlier this year after a regional military offensive.

“From the brief interaction that I have had it is quite clear there has been great human suffering,” Osinbajo told reporters after seeing the Dalori camp, one of the 22 housing displaced people in Maiduguri. “I am here in order to assess first hand what needs to be done.”

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