ABUJA, 24 February 2021 – At least ten people have been killed and 47 others injured in an attack Tuesday by suspected Boko Haram militants in Maiduguri, capital of Nigeria’s northeastern Borno State.
The attackers fired rocket propelled grenades into densely populated areas in the city, according to an account of the attack published Wednesday, citing Babagana Zulum, the governor of Borno State.
The assailants hit Maiduguri from positions in the outskirts of the city, according to security sources cited Wednesday in media reports.
The dozens of the people injured, including children some of whom were hit while playing in the yard outside their homes, are receiving medical attention under tight security in local hospitals.
State Governor Zulum visited the injured Wednesday in two hospitals in Maiduguri, confirming that the victims include children, women and the elderly.
Maiduguri was hit by a similar attack last July, when three rockets were indiscriminately fired into the cityi, killing at least four people and injuring dozens of people.
No group has, as yet, taken responsibility for Tuesday’s attack, but officials are pointing an accusing finger at Boko Haram militants.
Maiduguri was the birthplace in 2009 of the jihadist group.
Boko Haram militants have rained hundreds of attacks on militaryand civilian attacks across the city and the state, killing thousands of innocent civlians across the state, according to rights groups.
Nigerian armed and security sources say no fewer than 36,000 people have been killed in attacks by Boko Haram militants in the past 12 years.
At least two million people have been internally displaced and over 100,000 have fled into refugee camps in neighboring countries since Boko Haram emerged.
A visibly shaken Governor Zulum on Wednesday decried the tendency by insurgents to resort to rocket propelled grenandes to attack the town and other targets across the state.