DAMBOA, NIGERIA, 18 JUNE 2018 – Boko Haram militants are suspected to behind two suicide bomb attacks Saturday evening in which at least 31 people were killed and more than 40 others injured in the town of Damboa in Nigeria’s north-eastern Borno State.
Nigerian officials said at least 20 people were killed, but residents said they counted the lifeless bodies of 31 people, including the elderly and children.
The attackers hit the Shuwari and Abachari districts of the town, apparently seeking to harm people celebrating the Eid al-Fitr Muslim holiday.
No group has claimed responsibility for the attacks but Nigerian armed and security forces say the attacks bore the hallmarks of Boko Haram, the Muslim jihadists who have said they would like to establish a caliphate in northern Nigeria.
Nigerian armed and security forces imposed mandatory evacuations for residents. The evacuations lasted several hours after the blasts as security forces combed the two districts to ascertain that no other devices were waiting to go off.
Boko Haram has been staging violent attacks in Nigeria for the past nine years and the United Nations says no less than 1.7 million people have been forced from their homes as a result of their attacks.