At least two people have been killed when a suspected militants terrorist detonated explosive at a mosque in north-eastern Nigeria. The suicide bomber and a worshipper died in the Dalori village, in the restive Borno state, in the early hours of Tuesday (31 January 2017).
militants is renowned for abducting civilians, mainly women and children, and forcing them to carry out suicide-bombing missions. It is believed that the suicide bomber was aged between eight and 10.
The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), said the suicide bomber’s corpse was too “mangled and shredded” to determine whether it was of a boy or a girl.
The Dalori mosque is close to a major Internally Displaced Camp in Borno’s capital Maiduguri and the University of Maiduguri, where at least four people were killed earlier this month. militants’s contested leader Abubakar Shekau claimed responsibility for the university attack.
Following the army’s claim, President Muhammadu Buhari said the terrorists were “on the run, and no longer have a place to hide”. He added that the recapture of the so-called ‘Camp Zero’ in Sambisa marked the “final crushing …. in their last enclave”.
militants used to control territories the size of Belgium. However, Nigeria’s ongoing military operation, LafiyaDole, and a regional offensive– consisting of 8,700 troops from Nigeria, Niger, Chad, Cameroon and Benin – have scored some success, with soldiers recapturing key territories and releasing thousands of civilians held captive by the group.
Security analysts have pointed out that declaring a victory over the group is premature, given that militants is still able to carry out attacks and recruit people. Experts also warned that underlying issues such as disenfranchisement, poverty and strong links with other groups would continue to pose major threats to stability in the region.