Girls Carry out Suicide Bombing; Kill at Least 58 in Nigeria
Thu, February 11, 2016
The aftermath of a previous attack by Boko Haram. (Photo: © Reuters)
At least 58 people were killed and many others injured in a double suicide bombing attack on a refugee camp in Nigeria. The camp is in the northeastern town Dikwa, 53 miles outside the capital of Borno state. It was serving as a temporary home for people fleeing the insurgency of the jihadist group Boko Haram.
Reports vary from 58 killed to more than 70, with dozens more reported injured.
Two female suicide bombers entered the camp and detonated their devices in the middle of it. A third was reportedly arrested before she detonated her bomb, after changing her mind.
"The one they arrested alive, she confessed,” Ahmed Satomi, of the State Management Agency, told Al Jazeera. “She feel [sic] that her parents would come and that's why she refused to detonate her own bomb.”
She reportedly recognized her parents and siblings in the camp and therefore decided not to blow herself up.
The attack was carried out on February 9 but information was slow to filter out due a breakdown in the telephone system. It was carried out in revenge for a Nigerian military operation against Boko Haram in the village of Boboshe, according to The New York Times.