Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Suicide bombers hit Nigerian displaced persons camp

More than 70 killed in twin suicide attacks at camp in Borno state for people displaced by Boko Haram-related violence.

More than 70 people have been killed in a double suicide attack at a camp for internally displaced persons in northeast Nigeria, officials told Al Jazeera.

The twin suicide bombings in Borno state on Tuesday morning - reportedly committed by females - also left 78 people injured, officials added.

Information about the attacks was first reported by officials on Wednesday night.

The attacks happened at a camp in the town of Dikwa, some 80km northeast of Maiduguri, the birthplace of Boko Haram.

Al Jazeera's Ahmed Idris reporting from Katsina, in northern Nigeria said attacks on civilian targets by suspected Boko Haram fighters have been on the increase recently in Nigeria.

"Officials are telling us that the injured have been evacuated for medical attention. The army, which is fighting Boko Haram, is yet to comment on this recent attack. But the finger of blame is already pointing at Boko Haram." Idris said.

The camp is home to 50,000 people driven from their homes by the armed group, whose six-year-old insurgency has killed 20,000 people and made 2.5 million homeless.

Source: Al Jazeera

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