At least 18 people have been killed and dozens injured after a series of blasts by suspected female suicide bombers targeted a wedding, a hospital and a funeral in Nigeria’s northeastern Borno State.
Borno State police spokesman Nahum Kenneth Daso said the three blasts took place in the town of Gwoza, which lies across the border from Cameroon.
In one of the attacks that took place, a woman carrying a baby on her back “detonated an improvised explosive device (IED) she had on her at a crowded motor park.
The suicide bombers reportedly also targeted a hospital in the same town. Another attack was later carried out at the funerals of the victims of the wedding blast.
Nineteen “seriously injured” people were taken to the regional capital, Maiduguri, while 23 others were awaiting evacuation.
A member of a militia assisting the military in Gwoza said two of their colleagues and a soldier were also killed in a separate attack on a security post. However, the authorities did not immediately confirm the deaths.
No group has claimed responsibility for the attacks yet. Borno, a large swath of rural hinterland the size of Ireland, has been scarred by 15-year violence that has killed thousands of people and displaced millions more.
Although the Nigerian military has degraded the capabilities of the armed groups, they still carry out deadly attacks against civilians and security targets.
In 2019, 30 people lost their lives in a triple suicide attack in the region, marking the deadliest mass killing by suicide bombers in the region that year.
Boko Haram and its splinter group, the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), are the most active armed groups in Borno.
Throughout the armed rebellion, Boko Haram has repeatedly deployed young women and girls to carry out suicide attacks. It seized Gwoza in 2014 when its fighters took over swaths of territory in northern Borno.
The town was taken back by the Nigerian military with help from Chadian forces in 2015, but the group has continued to launch attacks from mountains near the town. The violence has killed more than 40,000 people and displaced about two million in Nigeria’s northeast.
The conflict has spread to neighbouring Niger, Cameroon and Chad, prompting the formation of a regional military coalition to fight the armed groups.

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