Boko Haram Suicide Bombers Stage Street Fight to Lure Onlookers before Exploding
Police in Nigeria confirmed on Friday that two suicide bombers killed at least 31 people and injured 38 others in a crowded market. There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but the attack had many hallmarks of Boko Haram, which has carried out several attacks in the north of the country in recent weeks.
The bombers reportedly strapped explosives to their bodies and entered Yola’s Jimeta Main Market after sundown on Thursday. The event wasn’t reported until the next day.
Police spokesman Othman Abubakar told AFP news agency that the two men deliberately “pretended to be fighting,” hoping to attract onlookers as merchants were beginning to close their stalls at the market. The staged fight between the two men “attracted the attention of people nearby to see what was happening,” he explained.
“When people had gathered they detonated their explosives. They killed a sizable number of people,” Abubakar said.
Boko Haram has stepped up its attacks since President Muhammadu Buhari took office last week. He had been elected on a pledge to crack down on extremism, vowing to rid the country of “the terror” of Islamist fighters.