58 killed, 78 injured in suicide bombings at Borno IDP camp

The National Emergency Management Agency on Wednesday
said 58 people were killed and 78 victims others injured after
suicide bombers detonated explosives at the Internally Displaced
Persons camp in Dikwa, Borno State.
Emergency workers said the incidents occurred when the IDPs
queued up to collect their morning food ration in a camp that
currently accommodates over 50, 000 people displaced by the
Boko Haram insurgency.
The Zonal Coordinator of NEMA in the North East, Mohammed
Kanar, said some of those killed had been buried while the injured
were moved to unnamed medical facilities.
The Nigerian government has repeatedly claimed Boko Haram had
been significantly degraded to such a level that it could no longer
carry out coordinated attacks.
But the group has continued to wreak havoc, attacking
communities in Borno and carrying out suicide bombings, killing
and maiming scores each time.
On Wednesday evening, the Nigerian government circulated a
statement condoling with families of victims of the Dikwa attack.
“On behalf of the federal government of Nigeria, Vice President,
Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, expresses his profound condolences to
the families of the victims of yesterday’s suicide bombing of an
IDP camp in Dikwa, Borno State, and also the entire people and
government of the state,” a statement by the vice president’s
office said.
“His prayers are that the Almighty God will comfort them and
grant the injured persons quick recovery.
“The Vice President stated that it is indeed regrettable that the
heartless terrorists chose to unleash their wickedness on people
who were taking refuge from previous acts of destruction in their
homes.
“He reassured the nation that the full weight of the federal
government’s force will be deployed to hunt down the
perpetrators of this evil act and also to confront terrorists
continuously in the protection of life, liberty and property of all
Nigerians: there will be no hiding place for terrorists.
“Prof. Osinbajo has given directives that formidable security in
and around the IDP Camps in the country be beefed up and
renewed measures put in place to guard against future
occurrences.
“Finally, the Vice President called on the people of Borno State and
all Nigerians that the commitment of the federal government to
safety of lives and property continues to be of paramount concern
to the Buhari administration.”

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