Nigeria’s military is again vowing to destroy Boko Haram by the end of the year, even as the terrorist group Sunday launched another deadly attack in the northeast of the country, killing around eight people.
Reports say a suicide bomber, probably a 20-year-old woman, detonated her explosives among internally displaced people, mostly women and children, as they arrived in the city of Maiduguri.
Military spokesman Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman clarifies that the attack did not take place in Maiduguri but rather on the outskirts of the city. He said the Nigerian army, assisted by the citizens, is working around the clock each day to ensure that Boko Haram is not only degraded but defeated before the end of this year as demanded by President Muhammadu Buhari.
“There was a lone female suicide bomber that was intercepted by our troops, and ,of course, other security agencies at a check point on the outskirts of Maiduguri. So, it is not correct for anybody to say it was Maiduguri,” he said.
Usman said the bomber infiltrated the IDPs with the intention to kill as many people as possible. But he said she hurriedly detonated her explosives after she was spotted.
“Preliminary investigation has revealed that actually the female suicide bomber wanted to commit more havoc by joining other internally displaced persons going about their businesses, possibly with the intent of even going to the city [of Maiduguri],” Usman said.