Boko Haram kills 56 people in Nigeria camp

Boko Haram kills 56 people in Nigeria camp

- 56 people have lost their lives at  a shelter camp in North- east Nigeria

- The camp was the home of displaced women and children

- Several injured persons from the camp are receiving treatment

Boko Haram kills 56 people in Nigeria camp

The Dikwa camp,as pictured earlier this month, is home to tens of thousands of displaced people

At least 56 people have been killed and at least 67 have been injured in a double suicide bombing at a Nigeran camp, sheltering people displaced by the Boko Haram insurgency.

The bombers, both female, detonated their explosives while the camp's residents were queuing for rations in the North-east Nigeria camp. The victims, at the Dikwa camp in Borno state, were mostly women and children and the place was also home to about 50,000 people displaced by the violence.

According to the chairman of the Borno State Emergency Management Agency, Satomi Ahmed, who told the AFP news agency, three women equipped with bombs had entered the camp early,

He said the third woman had surrendered to the authorities, refusing to detonate her explosives "when she realised her parents and siblings were in the camp".

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Last year, a military operation involving troops from several countries - including Nigeria, Cameroon and Chad - began to weaken Boko Haram's control over areas in north-eastern Nigeria where it had declared a caliphate.

The BBC's Abdullahi Kaura Abubakar in Abuja says that while the militants may be unable to carry out major attacks on military targets, they seem to have no difficulty using young women to enter heavily guarded camps for the displaced.

Islamist Boko Haram militants have been attacking civilian targets as the Nigerian military seeks to wrest territory from their control. The group's six-year insurgency has killed some 20,000 people and driven more than two million people from their homes.

 

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