No fewer than 105 persons have been confirmed dead in two deadly attacks in Adamawa State in the last 48 hours, with several scores of others sustaining serious injuries.
While 60 persons were killed by two suicide bombers at a mosque in Mubi, early yesterday, morning, 45 nomadic Fulani herdsmen were allegedly killed by unknown gunmen at Kikan community in Numan Local Government Area of the state.
60 persons killed
The suicide attack, attributed to the terrorist group Boko Haram , took place at five in the morning, during the first prayer of the day, when the terrorist detonated the explosives belt attached to his body. The local daily The Punch says the attack was the work of “a teenager.”
Also, there are dozens of wounded people who have been transferred to different hospitals in the region. The Mubi local government chairman, Alhaji Musa Bello, has said that there are “many victims” but he still can not provide a balance of deaths and injuries, reports Reuters.
The authorship of the attack has not been assumed, but it bears the mark of the terrorist group Boko Haram that has been in check with the Nigerian authorities and neighboring countries since 2009, when an insurrection began that has caused some 20,000 deaths, three million displaced people and a serious humanitarian crisis in three regions of the northeast of the country.
The area where the attack took place was recovered from the hands of Boko Haram in 2014 and was relatively calm compared to other regions such as Lake Chad , Diffa in Niger or the State of Borno, where terrorists carry out attacks practically every week. However, in recent weeks there has been a rebound in violence in Adamawa, a state close to the mountainous border with Cameroon where the terrorist group maintains numerous bases.
Last weekend, Boko Haram beheaded six farmer in the Mafa area of Borno state after abducting them, according to Jiddah Ahmad, brother of one of the victims, to the Nigerian news agency NAN. In early November, two women and a soldier died after an attack by the radical sect in Gulak, in the north of Adamawa State.
Since Boko Haram proclaimed a caliphate with in Gwoza (Borno) in August 2014, its moment of maximum territorial expansion, the group has suffered a huge attrition due to the reaction of the Nigerian Army in 2015, to which the response was added from affected neighboring countries, Niger, Chad and Cameroon.
The increasing activity of a joint military force, based in N’Djamena (Chad), was making a pinch to the terrorist group, whose members took refuge in their traditional bases in wooded areas of Nigeria, in the Mandara mountains bordering Cameroon and in the Lake Chad. Likewise, the jihadist sect has suffered an internal division since August 2016 , when the Islamic State proclaimed Abu Musab al-Barnawi as the new leader of this group , which was not recognized by its leader since 2009, Abubakar Shekau.
However, his ability to carry out attacks remains intact, as he has shown in recent months . Most of the attacks have been carried out by suicide bombers, sometimes teenagers and girls , in markets, mosques and even displaced persons camps, such as the one that took place last August in Mandari when three terrorists, including a woman, they caused 30 deaths and dozens of wounded when activating the explosives they were carrying.
45 persons killed
Meanwhile, unknown gunmen Monday night killed no fewer than 45 persons, mainly women and children at Kikan community of Adamawa State, while many more have been declared missing.
Those killed were said to be largely Fulani herdsmen who had been living in the area for a long time and fears of further attacks heightened tension in the area yesterday.
An eyewitness, Abbas Bello, said those killed had been buried according to Islamic injunctions.
North East Chairman of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, Mr Mafindi Danburam, who also confirmed the attack, told newsmen in Yola, yesterday, that over four Fulani communities were completely destroyed during the attack.
Also confirming the incident, spokesman of Adamawa State police command, Othman Abubakar (SP), said 45 persons were killed, while several others were still missing.
The state’s deputy governor, Mr Marti Babale, appealed to the people of the affected area to remain calm, assuring that security personnel would be deployed to secure the area.