At Least 10 People Have Been Killed In A Grenade Attack In Maiduguri, Nigeria

2021-02-24   |   by CusiGO

At least 10 people were killed and 50 injured in a grenade attack in the northeastern Nigerian city of Maiduguri on Tuesday afternoon. Bolno governor babagana zulum confirmed this to the media when he visited the wounded at the state specialist hospital. The governor confirmed that the grenade was fired from careri outside the city and hit the popular adamkolo and Gwen communities, which took place on the playground where a group of children played football. All the victims are civilians.

The incidents came after terrorists successfully crossed the moat protecting the city of Maiduguri, the capital of Borno, after noon on Tuesday. The French news agency quoted other sources as saying the death toll had risen to 16, including nine minors. “The rebels opened fire from a distance. A year ago, we had a similar event, which is a trend that we have to stop (…) the solution is to deploy some form of technology, and we have to work in it, “Zulu said. Governor Borno pointed out that Boko Haram was the perpetrator of the incident.

A witness told Reuters that the first explosion occurred around miduguri University at about 6 p.m. and the attack ended about an hour and a half later. It was one of the worst terrorist attacks the city has suffered in years. The armed forces responded by sending helicopters to the Kaleri area, which led to the end of the attack and the terrorists fleeing to a nearby forest area.

According to the UN refugee agency, since 2009, northeastern Nigeria has been affected by terrorist activities in Boko Haram. The conflict has caused nearly 40000 deaths and displaced at least 2.4 million people, and spread to the border areas of neighboring Niger, Chad and Cameroon. The jihadi Group operates under the leadership of Abubakar Sheikh and has carried out spectacular kidnappings, including the kidnapping of 276 girls in chibok in 2014, as well as continuing attacks on military positions. In 2015, Boko Haram split into two factions, one under the command of Sheikh and the other under the leadership of Abu Mosab barnawi, the Islamic state of West Africa (iswap).

Despite the military response of the Nigerian army and its coordination with the armed forces of the three countries mentioned above, terrorist activities have increased in the past 2020, triggering a lot of criticism against Nigerian President Muhammad Buhari, He promised to end Boko Haram after reelection in 2019. As a result, the four main leaders of the Nigerian army resigned at the end of January. Last week, iswap fighters took control of Mars City, also in Borno state, where about 200000 residents were recaptured by the military on Tuesday.