Nigeria: Islamists Suspected After Suicide Bomber Kills Eight At Checkpoint In Northern City Of Damaturu
Suspicion is likely to fall on Islamist sect Boko Haram, which is waging a bloody insurgency against President Goodluck Jonathan’s government across the north.
The sect is seeking to carve out an Islamic state in Africa’s top energy producer and most populous country, which is split roughly evenly between Christians and Muslims.
‘The lone suicide bomber detonated the bomb before the car he was in could be stopped, killing the six soldiers and one civilian,’ Patrick Egbuniwe, the police commissioner for Yobe State, told Reuters by telephone.
‘Another civilian died of his wounds in hospital shortly after,’ he added, saying that nine soldiers were in hospital receiving treatment for their wounds.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack in Damaturu’s Shagari housing estate.
Labelled a foreign terrorist organisation by the United States, Boko Haram has been behind almost daily shootings and bombings in the volatile northeast.
Witness Abdullahi Sabo said the whole neighbourhood shook when the Damaturu bomb exploded.
‘The car blew up outside the front of my shop, the explosion was deadly,’ he said. ‘After the dust settled, many security operatives were rushed to the hospital.’” Read more.
Flashback: Damaturu, Nigeria: Deliberate Targeting of Christians in Islamist Attack that Killed 150 in Nigeria, ‘If You Said You Were a Christian, They Killed You’ – “International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that on November 4 members of a radical Islamic group, Boko Haram, killed more than 150 people and bombed 11 churches in the northern Nigerian city of Damaturu. While the press painted this as an attack targeting the police, Christian sources on the ground are reporting to ICC that the majority of the victims are Christians, who were deliberately targeted because of their faith.” Read more.