An alleged female suicide bomber has killed six people today in Maiduguri, Nigeria, according to initial reports. This comes just three days after multiple suicide bombers killed over 50 people in the Monday Market in Maiduguri. According to officials, this attack was set by Boko Haram. Maiduguri is the origin of Boko Haram, an Islamic extremist group, who has been fighting for over six years to resurrect the Islamic caliphate in the northeastern part of the country.
Today, a violent explosion rocked downtown Maiduguri just after 4 p.m. local time. A military source at the scene stated a suicide bomb was detonated by a woman on a street near the Monday Market, a place normally teeming with people. The Monday Market has been a target for attacks since Boko Haram militants have attempted to seize the area.
Abdulaziz Olawale, who was walking by the market, said the attack was from a female suicide bomber, and he saw her dismembered body in the aftermath. He stated the marketplace is always busy and it was specially crowded today.
These types of suicide bomb attacks are a signature of Boko Haram. The group has also attacked the small town of Ngamdu on the border of Yobe and Borno, killing over 12 people. Since Saturday’s attack, Chadian and Nigerien military forces have launched a joint effort to pushing back Boko Haram.
By Alex Lemieux
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