World - - Dec 10,2016
At least 56 people have been killed and dozens wounded in a suicide attack carried out by two schoolgirls in the northeastern Nigerian town of Madagali in Adamawa state on Friday.
The attack is yet to be claimed by any extremist group, but Boko Haram has been waging a seven year insurgency against the government and have used suicide bombing regularly. Madagali was under Boko Haram’s capture until 2015 when it was finally taken over by Nigerian forces. The group killed 18 people by opening fire on mourners at a funeral in June this year.
According to a Nigerian army’s spokesperson, the two female school students detonated the bombs at the same time in the section of the market selling grain and second hand clothing. Both the girls also died in this event.
Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari condemned the attack in a statement on Friday, committing to put an end to this senseless loss of innocent lives. He said that these attacks are an act of desperation, but the Nigerian military will neither be distracted nor relent. Buhari also urged people to be more vigilant and report to the nearest security agents immediately of any suspicious activities.
Boko Haram has been trying to impose a hardline Islamic legal system in Nigeria's Muslim populated area. Its campaign of violence has killed at least 20,000 people and displaced some 2.6 million since 2009. Starvation is another major crisis in the country as 120,000 people are facing starvation in the northeast region of the country, of which 75,000 are children.
The United Nations estimates that around 14 million people will need outside help by 2017 because of the ongoing violence in the country, particularly in Borno State, which is the epicenter of the rebellion. The UN has termed the affected area as the largest crisis in Africa.