Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 23 September 2019

Triple suicide attack kills at least 30 in north-east Nigeria

Boko Haram and ISIS group are main suspects in bombings

ed Cross officials attend to victims of a triple suicide bombing, which occured outside a hall in Konduga, 38 kilometres from the Borno state capital Maiduguri, northeast Nigeria, on June 17, 2019. AFP
ed Cross officials attend to victims of a triple suicide bombing, which occured outside a hall in Konduga, 38 kilometres from the Borno state capital Maiduguri, northeast Nigeria, on June 17, 2019. AFP

More than 30 people have been killed in a triple suicide attack in the north-east Nigerian state of Borno.

No group has yet claimed responsibility for the biggest mass killing this year.

Boko Haram and an ISIS splinter group often attack civilians and the military in Borno. They have killed tens of thousands and displaced more than 2 million.

“Yesterday around 8pm, it was reported that there was a very loud explosion in the village of Konduga," an emergency official said.

He said that more than 30 were killed and more than 40 wounded.

The military did not respond to a request for comment.

The village leader, Bulama Kalli, earlier said three suicide bombers had taken part in the attack where villagers had gathered to watch a soccer match on a large screen.

Most of those killed have now been buried while several survivors are still in hospital in Maiduguri, Mr Kalli said.

Boko Haram considers football to be un-Islamic and the ultimate demonstration of corrupting western influence.

Konduga is about 25 kilometres from Maiduguri, the state capital.

The Nigerian government says the Boko Haram insurgency, and the rival ISIS West Africa Province group, have been largely defeated, but they continue to attack civilians and the military.

The decade-long insurgency has killed more than 30,000 people.

Updated: June 18, 2019 12:11 AM

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