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Coordinated Suicide Bombings Rock NE Nigeria

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Barely a day after a young girl blew herself up in Nigeria’s Yobe state, northeastern Nigeria has been once again rocked by a series of coordinated suicide bombings in bus stations within two states that have killed at least 27 people, and injuring a further 30.

Potiskum, the financial capital of Yobe state, was shaken by an explosion on a Borno- bound bus that was yet to leave the bus station, and hours later, two suicide bombers struck a bus station within Kano state, some 300km to the west of Yobe state. 17 people were killed in the attack in Yobe, and 10 succumbed to the attack in Kano.

Potiskum is located in NE Nigeria, and has suffered such attacks in the past

Potiskum, marked by the balloon, and the town of Kano, located to the west of Potiskum

Pres. Goodluck Blames BH

No group or individual has claimed responsibility for the attacks but President Goodluck of Nigeria has blamed it on the Boko Haram, the Islamist insurgency that has caused havoc in northeastern Nigeria and which the Nigerian government has promised to eliminate by March 28, the new date for Nigeria’s postponed elections, so postponed so that the army could dislodge the Boko Haram, who are estimated to control about 20,000 square miles of territory, an area nearly the size of Togo.

Working together with a multinational taskforce drawing soldiers from Cameroon and Chad, the Nigerian army has been scoring some much needed victories, such as recapturing the town of Baga, formerly the headquarters of a multinational taskforce. The army has also been into Sambisa Forest, known to have many Boko Haram camps, and believed to be the place where the Chibok girls were hidden.

The Boko Haram’s insurgency has been ongoing for the past five years, which makes one wonder how the Nigerian army could defeat the insurgency in a matter of weeks, as promised by the military and the government.


BBC/Al Jazeera