Suicide Bomber Kills 13 Others in Northeast Nigerian City: Police Official

October 23, 2017 Updated: October 23, 2017

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria—A suicide bomber killed 13 other people in the northeast Nigerian city of Maiduguri on Sunday, a police official said, the deadliest attack in over a month as the conflict with Boko Haram stretches into its ninth year.


The evening attack, which also injured five people, struck the city’s Muna Garage area, Damian Chukwu, a police commissioner, told Reuters.

The area is home to a camp for just some of the more than 2 million people who have fled fighting with the Boko Haram Islamic insurgency, which has left over 20,000 dead.

Injured victims of a female suicide bomber lie on the floor awaiting medical attention as beds were no longer available at a Maiduguri hospital in northeastern Nigeria on August 15, 2017. Boko Haram female suicide bomber detonated her explosives killing 28 people and leaving over 80 others injured at a market in the village of Konduga on the outskirts of Maiduguri in northeast Nigeria. (STRINGER/AFP/Getty Images)

That conflict, the epicenter of which is in northeastern Nigeria, is showing little sign of slowing, despite assurances by the government and military that Boko Haram is on the verge of defeat.

On Friday, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs warned that “attacks against civilians – including suicide bombings in and near IDP (internally displaced person) camps – continue to be a major concern.”

Two suicide bombers also injured 13 other people in a separate attack, said Chukwu.