At least sixty people have been killed in two separate attacks on the civilians in Borno State this week, vigilante and government officials confirmed.
Two female bombers attacked an Internally Displaced Person (IDP) at camp in Dikwa Local Government Area (LGA) at about 6:30 A.M., and detonated their Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDS) in the midst of thousands of helpless IDPs.
The Executive Chairman of State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Satomi Ahmed, told reporters that thirty were killed and seventy-eight persons injured in the attack. Mr. Ahmed also noted that the lack of a telecommunications network in Dikwa LGA meant that SEMA did not receive word of the attacks until Wednesday morning.
“We were not informed of the attacks until this morning [Wednesday]. [As soon as we heard] SEMA and NEMA officials were on the scene. We evacuated seventy-eight injured persons to Maiduguri," the Executive Chairman said.
He added that he could not confirm the casualty figures at this time, but that at least thirty people were believed to have died in the attack.
Rescue workers who participated in evacuating the victims disclosed to SaharaReporters that more than fifty-five people were killed, most of the victims were women and children.
The suicide bombing follows the invasion of two communities in Damboa LGA by Boko Haram on Monday, which led to the death of six people and the theft of food.
A member within the Civilian Joint Task Force (JTF), who is based in Biu town, informed SaharaReporters that the invasions hit the villages of Kalari and Adikai at around 2 P.M. on Monday.
''They killed six people and wounded two other, they burnt the whole village nothing remains," the civilian JTF said.