Nigeria Suicide-Bomb Attack Leaves 11 Dead in Northeast Village

  • Two females detonated explosives strapped to their bodies
  • Boko Haram responds to army offensive with suicide attacks

Police said 11 people were killed in a northeastern Nigeria village when two suicide bombers detonated explosives on Sunday evening.

The blasts at Dar village in the Madagali district of Adamawa state were carried out by two females, Othman Abubakar, a police spokesman, said by phone from the state capital, Yola. There was no immediate claim of responsibility.

Boko Haram militants, seeking to impose their version of Islamic law on Africa’s most populous country of about 180 million people, have stepped up suicide attacks since Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari ordered a military offensive to defeat the insurgents by the end of the year. The group has killed tens of thousands of people since it began its campaign of violence in 2009.

In a video posted on YouTube earlier this month, an unidentified man claiming to be a member of Boko Haram restated the group’s allegiance to Islamic State and denied claims made by the Nigerian army that it’s close to defeating the rebellion.

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