Boko Haram bombed a hospital

Two suicide bombers killed at least five people and injured 16 in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital yesterday, the latest in a string of deadly attacks by suspected Boko Haram Islamist militants.

The two women tried to get into a hospital but were stopped by security guards at the gate where they blew themselves up, witnesses said.

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They were shooting sporadically and throwing explosives on buildings. I counted 39 bodies this morning. I fled the place because nobody is safe.
—  Mansur Buba, a resident of the village of Mainok, Nigeria • Discussing a brutal attack, allegedly by the terror group Boko Horam, on his town. Another 46 people were killed in Maiduguri by a spate of bombing attacks, according to a Reuters report.

A sister missing, a brother killed. A survivor of the Boko Haram attack on Baga describes how his life has changed. The man who worked in Baga, and who fled to safety in Maiduguri, describes how his family was torn apart by the Boko Haram attack.
Nigeria 'girl bomber' attacks market

At least 19 people have been killed and several injured by a bomb strapped to a girl reported to be aged about 10 in north-eastern Nigeria, police say.

The BBC’s Abdulahi Kaura in Lagos says that this will not be the first suicide bombing involving young girls, part of a new militant strategy intended to capitalise on the fact that people in the Muslim-dominated north are less suspicious of women.

Soldiers Mutiny In Maiduguri

By SaharaReporters, New York

SaharaReporters has learnt that soldiers from the newly formed 7th Division of the Nigerian Army today mutinied in their barracks against Major General Abubakar Mohammed, their General Officer Commanding. Two soldiers who spoke to our correspondent revealed that numerous soldiers shot sporadically into the air at Maimalari Barracks, which is also home to the Artillery Corps, the Ordinance, as well as army signals in Maiduguri.    

The 7th Division was formed only recently as a unit devoted to fighting the war against Boko Haram. General Mohammed was appointed as the GOC in February 2014.


Northern Nigerians live in fear of Boko Haram | Hilke Fischer

At night he lies awake and hears gun shots from a distance. “Nobody can sleep anymore,” explained a DW listener from Maiduguri, who wanted to remain anonymous. Over one million people live in the city of the northern Nigerian state of Borno and Boko Haram fighters are moving ever closer.

Gwoza, Bama, Gulak, Michika, Duhu, Shuwa, Kirshinga – the Islamists have been capturing new cities on an almost daily basis. They arrive in hijacked army vehicles, fight off the Nigerian troops and terrorize the residents. “Boko Haram are committing all kinds of atrocities killing and raping. At the same time they are taking young girls in batches and the city is littered with dead bodies,” says Ahmed Zanna, a member of the Nigerian Senate for the town of Bama says. Bama is just 70 kilometers (43.5 miles) from Maiduguri and fell to the Islamists four days ago. Zanna recounts how the soldiers who were supposed to defend Bama, refused to advance any further. “They were ill equipped and they just stayed in Kondudga.”

FULL ARTICLE (Deutsche Welle)

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63 abducted females escape extremists in Nigeria

More than 60 Nigerian girls and women abducted by Islamic extremists two weeks ago have managed to escape, officials said Monday.

Nigerian security forces and federal government officials had denied reports of the mass abduction from three villages in the northeast state of Borno on June 22.

Chibok local government chairman Pogu Bitrus said Monday he had verified that about 60 women and girls escaped on Thursday and Friday by sending a representative who met with some of the escapees and their families at the hospital in Lassa, a town in the neighboring Damboa local government area.

Vigilante leader Abbas Gava in Maiduguri, capital of Borno state, said Sunday that vigilantes in the area told him 63 women and girls escaped Friday while their captors were engaged in a major attack on a military barracks and police headquarters in Damboa town.

Small-scale kidnappings by Boko Haram extremists had been going on for months when they drew international condemnation for the abductions of more than 200 schoolgirls from a school in Chibok town of Borno state on April 15. Some 219 of those girls still are missing.

Nigeria’s faltering response emboldens Boko Haram | Nnamdi Obasi (Crisis Group’s Senior Analyst for Nigeria)

On Jan. 25 the Nigerian armed group Boko Haram launched a major offensive on Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state, and two other towns. The attack, which left more than 200 combatants dead, was repulsed by the Nigerian military, but it shook the security of the government and people of Borno.

“This is the most serious attack yet,” Kashim Shettima, the governor of Borno, told reporters. “We faced a really existential threat.”

The attack on Maiduguri, the second since December 2013, underscores the grave challenge that Boko Haram poses to Nigeria and the country’s weak and slow response to this threat. The Nigerian government needs to review its faltering counterstrategy and strengthen the political, military and diplomatic elements crucial to reversing this dangerous tide.

FULL COMMENTARY (via Al Jazeera America)

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A computer lesson remains on the blackboard of the Ali Al Yaskari primary school in Maiduguri, Nigeria, on May 22, 2013. The Ali Al Yaskari school, where most classrooms go without desks and supplies due to a lack of state funding, was attacked by Boko Haram in late March. Most students and teachers have yet to return. Photo by @janehahn. Guest curator Helon Habila writes: “Western education…” Helon Habila was born in Kaltungo, Gombe State in Nigeria. His writing has won many prizes, including the Commonwealth Prize and the Caine Prize. He teaches creative writing at George Mason University in Virginia. His latest novel is “Oil on Water.” #nigeria #africa #school #helonhabila

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Boko Haram : A Second Bomb Blast Destroys Block Industry In Maiduguri-NAN

A bomb blast, which occurred in the early hours of Sunday in Jajere area of Maiduguri metropolis, destroyed a local block industry.

An eye witness, who spoke to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on condition of anonymity, explained that the bomb was planted on the road from where it later exploded to hit the block industry.

He, however, said nobody was killed or injured in the blast as it was very early in the morning and many residents were still indoors.

The Operation Commander of the Joint Task Force(JTF) in Borno, Col. Victor Ebhaleme, confirmed the incident (bomb blast), adding that security had been beefed up in the area.

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Passengers wait to board a plane in Maiduguri, Nigeria on May 23, 2013. Photo by @janehahn. Guest editor Helon Habila writes: “And a time to fly away.” Helon Habila was born in Kaltungo, Gombe State in Nigeria. His writing has won many prizes, including the Commonwealth Prize and the Caine Prize. He teaches creative writing at George Mason University in Virginia. His latest novel is “Oil on Water.” #helonhabila #nigeria #maiduguri #travel #arik #arikair

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