- Four rocket propelled grenades were fired, and they are said to have landed in separate locations.
- The attack came just a week after President Muhammadu Buhari vowed to bring to an end insurgency in the country.
- The region is susceptible to attacks from the insurgents which have been on the rise in recent days.
Grenade explosions have claimed the lives of two people and wounded dozens others in Nigeria’s Borno State. The explosions hit the city early Thursday morning as people were busy with Eid ul Adha celebration preparations. According to the residents, loud explosions rocked the city forcing them to scamper for safety.
Officials said that four rocket propelled grenades were fired, and they are said to have landed in separate locations. The State’s police commissioner revealed that experts and police officers had been dispatched to the area. No group claimed responsibility for the attack, but Boko Haram often carry out attacks in the area.
The attack came just a week after President Muhammadu Buhari vowed to bring to an end insurgency in the country. President Buhari said this while condemning the execution of five aid workers who worked with four different aid groups. The five were kidnapped on June 8 in Borno State as they went out to provide medical and food aid in the region.
Meanwhile, a state governor escaped an ambush by armed men suspected to be Boko Haram insurgents. Borno’s Bagana Zulum was on his way to distribute food to some internally displaced people when the attack occurred. It is alleged that governor’s security detail repelled the attack.
The region is susceptible to attacks from the insurgents which have been on the rise in recent days. On July 7, the country’s security forces are said to have repelled an attack at a military checkpoint in Gubio. The incident led to a temporary closure of the road forcing vehicles to return to the state’s capital, Maiduguri.
On July 14, militants killed 60 people in the state in two separate attacks. Twenty were killed in a gun battle with Islamic State militants in a United Nations hub in Mongumo, while 40 civilians were killed in a raid in a village.
The attack came just a day after eight soldiers were killed when militants attacked their convoy in Kamulla village southwest of Maidiururi. A further 69 people were killed by Boko Haram militants in June in Borno’s Faduma Koloram.
In January, 30 people were killed after an explosive device detonated on a crowded bridge in the state. The attack left 35 other people wounded.
Boko Haram and the Islamic State West African Province (ISWAP) are active militant groups that carry out deadly attacks on security forces and aid workers in the country. Boko Haram, which was founded in 2002, began its insurgency in 2009, and has become the dominant jihadist group in the region.
The group aims at taking over the leadership of the country in order to make it an Islamic State. The group has killed tens of thousands of people, displaced millions, and created one of the world’s largest humanitarian crises. The violence has since spread to the neighboring countries, Chad, Niger, and Cameroon.