At least 16 people were killed in suicide bomb attacks near a camp for those made homeless by Boko Haram violence in northeast Nigeria, emergency services said.
The National Emergency Management Agency (Nema) said the attacks took place at about 8:45 pm on Sunday close to the Dalori camp at Kofa village, near the Borno state capital Maiduguri. Nema northeast region spokesman Abdulkadir Ibrahim said two female suicide bombers tried to get into the camp but were thwarted by security personnel.
“Two other female suicide bombers also detonated their explosives at the adjoining Dalori Kofa village, where they killed 16 people,” he added in a statement.
Earlier tolls given by local people said at least 12 or 13 people had been killed but Abdulkadir said three of those injured and taken to hospital had since died. “The 16 does not include the bombers,” he said.
Dalori is one of the largest camps for internally displaced people in the remote region. Boko Haram has previously tried to target the camp at least 85 people were killed in January last year when insurgents rampaged through communities near Dalori. – AFP