Suicide Bombers in Nigeria Kill at Least Eight in Two Attacksby and
At least eight people died in two suicide bomb attacks on Saturday in Maiduguri, the capital of Nigeria’s Borno State.
Both attacks were carried out by women, Mustapha Anka, a spokesman for the Nigerian Army, said in an e-mailed statement. In one incident, a bomber ran into people at the entrance of a refugee camp, killing five and injuring 11, Anka said. In the other attack, three occupants of a tricycle were killed at a Nigerian National Petroleum Corp. gas station.
Boko Haram militants have been fighting in the west African country since 2009 as they seek to impose their version of Islamic law. About 20,000 people have died in the attacks and 2.4 million others have been displaced, President Muhammadu Buhari said this week while inaugurating a team to spearhead reconstruction of the country’s northeastern region, the site of much of the fighting.
The Islamist group grabbed international attention in April 2014 when it kidnapped 276 girls from a school in Chibok. About 21 of the young women were freed this month.