At least 58 people were killed when two suicide bombers detonated explosives at a camp for displaced people in the northeast Nigerian town of Dikwa on Tuesday, according to the country’s emergency agency.
The blasts also injured at least 78 people who are currently being treated at a hospital in Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state about 55 miles from Dikwa, Sani Datti, a spokesman for Nigeria’s emergency agency, said by phone. Dikwa hosts about 73,000 people who have fled violence in the northeast.
Boko Haram Islamist militants continue to carry out suicide bombings and hit-and-run attacks in Nigeria’s northeast, despite losing territory in the region since early last year. The group has killed thousands of people since 2009 during its campaign to establish its version of Islamic law in Africa’s biggest economy.
Separately, Nigeria’s army spokesman, Colonel Sani Usman, said in a statement that troops killed an undisclosed number of Boko Haram insurgents in an ambush early Wednesday at a cattle market near Mainok in Borno.
President Muhammadu Buhari said in December that the armed forces had technically won the war against the insurgents, and that Boko Haram can no longer launch conventional attacks anymore.