Nine killed during Eid prayers in Nigeria

Female suicide bombers attack Eid prayers in Damaturu, killing nine people

Photo by: AFP
Photo by: AFP

Updated Jul 28, 2015

At least nine people were killed after two female suicide bombers attacked a praying area in Nigeria’s northeastern city of Damaturu on Friday morning as residents were celebrating the Eid festival at the end of Ramadan, a military source said.

An elderly woman and a 10-year-old girl detonated explosives near an open-air area where worshippers were waiting to be screened at a security checkpoint.

The first explosion killed four people and another five died and 11 others were wounded when the second bomber detonated her bomb, Nigerian army spokesman said.

Friday’s attack is the latest wave of violence in Nigeria, where Boko Haram stages regular attacks in public places.

In July, around 300 people have been killed, with many others wounded.

Boko Haram’s six-year-old uprising has claimed more than 13,000 lives, displacing over  a million people inside Nigeria.

The group has stepped up its attacks since President Muhammadu Buhari came to power in May.

Buhari has promised to end the violence forming a multinational force with the neighbouring Chad, Niger and Cameroon, which also witness sporadic attacks from Boko Haram.

On Monday, Buhari named new defence chiefs ahead of his meeting with US President Barack Obama in Washington on July 20.

Although Nigeria has pushed the militants out of several regions, analysts say Buhari will ask for support from US during his talks next week.

TRTWorld and agencies