West & Central Africa

Boko Haram suicide attack kills 31 in Nigeria

Two suicide bombers have killed over 31 people returning to their homes after celebrating the Eid al-Fitr celebrations over the weekend in Borno State.

The attacks took place on Saturday night in the Shuwari and Abachari districts of  about 90 km (55 miles) from Maiduguri the capital of Borno State, northeastern Nigeria.

Eye witness accounts said the blasts was followed by grenade attacks and many were killed by the rocket propelled grenades. “It has destroyed our houses… innocent people including children and elderly killed in the attack.” Modu Usman, son of a community leader told Reuters.

“The latest death toll is now 31 but it may increase because many among the injured may not survive,” said the official. “Most of the casualties were from the rocket projectiles fired from outside the town minutes after two suicide bombers attacked,” Kolo added.

 

Hassan john is West Africa Editor, GCN and Priest of the Anglican Diocese of Jos

Image Credit: Google Images/Boko Haram video/Blast Scene