Boko Haram claims responsibility for Abuja bomb attacks

Boko Haram claims responsibility for Abuja suicide bomb attacks in which 18 people died, dozens of others have been wounded

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Police bomb squad personnel gather debris for analysis at the scene of a bomb blast in Nyanya, on the outskirts of Abuja, Nigeria

Boko Haram militant group claimed responsibility on Sunday for the three successive bomb attacks that took place in Nigerian capital of Abuja on Oct. 2, killing 18 people wounding 41 others.

On Friday, a suicide bomber blew himself up near a police station in Kuje township, while another one carried out a suicide attack near a market, causing the deaths of 15 people.

Only five minutes after the Kuje blasts, another suicide bomber targeted a bus stop in Nyanya town of Abuja, killing three people and injuring 21 others.

Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari visited the victims of the blasts on Sunday, saying that his government will continue its efforts to repel the militant group, while Nigerian Armed Forces pledged to extirpate terrorism in the country by December 2015.

Buhari promised to tackle terrorism “head on” following his election in May, forming a five-nation strong regional force of 8,700 troops to bring an end to the conflict.

United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon stated on Sunday that the UN supports the Nigerian government in its battle against terrorism and released a statement saying, “The continuing violence by Boko Haram is an affront to international law, to humanity and to religious faith.”

Boko Haram militant group has conducted hundreds of bomb attacks in Nigeria, Cameroon, Niger and Chad, killing at least 17,000 people and forcing 2.5 million others to flee their homes since 2009.

In the latest suicide attack carried out on Sunday in Niger’s southeastern Diffa region, three civilians and a Nigerian soldier lost their lives, while four Boko Haram militants were killed by security forces.

TRTWorld and agencies