Nigeria Militants Kill 11 as Jonathan Vows to Wipe Out TerrorismMichael Olukayode and Ardo Hazzad
Suicide bombers blew themselves up in three separate places in northeast Nigeria, killing at least 11 bystanders in attacks authorities blamed on suspected Boko Haram militants.
The deadliest attack took place in the town of Fika, where a suicide bomber detonated his explosive device on a bus yesterday, killing at least 11 other people, Marcus Danladi, Yobe State police commissioner, said by phone.
Insurgents also set off bombs at two sites in the city of Gombe. Today, a bomber blew himself up on a road leading to a church, which may have been the target, police spokesman Fwaje Attajiri said by phone. Five people were injured, he said, holding Boko Haram responsible.
An earlier blast took place yesterday at a recreational area at an army barracks, according to witness Esther Ibrahim. The two bombers were killed and no other fatalities were reported.
Boko Haram has attacked security forces, churches and other civilian targets in its five-year campaign to impose Islamic law in Africa’s largest economy and oil producer. During that time, the group has killed more than 13,000 people in the West African nation, President Goodluck Jonathan said in September.
Nigeria is re-equipping its armed forces and is determined to win the war against terrorism that has “unleashed great pain and agony,” Jonathan said today in a national broadcast to mark the new year.