4 Dead As Fresh Bombings Rocks Northeast Nigeria

Nigerian soldiers on patrol in the north of Borno state.

Nigerian soldiers on patrol in the north of Borno state.

Nigerian soldiers on patrol in the north of Borno state.

At least 34 people were killed in a wave of suicide bomb attacks in northeast Nigeria, as the military on Friday warned Boko Haram militants threaten the country’s sovereignty. Thirty died in a double bombing on a mosque in Molai on Thursday night, Mohamed Kanar, from the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) said. Three female bombers blew themselves up and killed four others in nearby Umarari early Friday, he added. Locals, however, said the death toll was higher from both incidents and that more than 60 may have been killed in total. The attacks came just days after Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari said he was “fully confident” of ending the six year insurgency by the end of this year. The military was “well positioned to meet the December deadline which they have been given,” he said in a statement on Wednesday. On Friday, Nigeria’s most senior army officer, Chief of Army Staff Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, told troops “the next few days will be crucial” in the counter-insurgency. It is also crucial to our country, Nigeria. Our sovereignty as a nation is threatened. The Nigerian army and indeed the military as the symbol of our nationhood is being challenged,” he said. “Our ability to stand and defeat the Boko Haram terrorists in the next few weeks will determine the future of our country. We cannot afford to lose the fight,” he said. Overall, some 1,350 people have been killed since Buhari came to power at the end of May, according to an AFP tally.

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