Boko Haram in Nigeria: Female Suicide Attack, Police Bombing
A female suicide bomber reportedly killed herself and at least seven people at a crowded market in northeast Nigeria on Thursday. It was the latest in a series of attacks attributed to the militant Islamist group Boko Haram, which has been getting increasingly violent in the face of military efforts from neighboring Chad, Cameroon and Niger and an upcoming national election in Nigeria.
The suicide attack occurred in the northeastern city of Biu. Witnesses told Agence France-Presse that they saw at least one woman sitting in a van that drove through the crowded market and exploded on Thursday afternoon, killing at least seven and injuring 20 others.
The attack was just one of many carried out by Boko Haram this week, and is part of a new, varied strategy, analysts say.
“We should not forget that Boko Haram is both an insurgency which has achieved at least loose territorial dominion over wide swaths of northeastern Nigeria and parts of neighboring countries as well as a terrorist group,” said Peter Pham, head of the Atlantic Council’s Africa Center.