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Africa Subsaharan
Nigeria villagers in Borno mourn the dead, lament state failures
2019-06-19
[Al Jazeera] There were three jacket wallahs: an adult male and two maiden of tender yearss who blew themselves up among those watching football and enjoying tea at a shop along Sambisa street, named for the Sambisa Forest - the notorious stronghold of Boko Haram
... not to be confused with Procol Harum, Harum Scarum, possibly to be confused with Helter Skelter. The Nigerian version of al-Qaeda and the Taliban rolled together and flavored with a smigeon of distinctly Subsaharan ignorance and brutality...
less than 100 kilometres away.

Villagers say the bombers mingled with them earlier in the evening before rushing into the crowd and detonating the explosives strapped to their bodies.

"Twenty persons were killed in all - one of them died in the hospital while the other 19 died here in the village. Thirty-eight persons were maimed and are receiving treatment in the hospital," said Sadiq Usmobik, a police front man of Borno state.

The casualty figures could potentially have been higher but one of the bombers, a girl, tripped while running towards a crowd and her bomb went off early.

Usman Kachalla, head of operations at the State Emergency Management Agency, put the corpse count at 30.

No group has grabbed credit for the attack, but it has been strongly linked to Boko Haram murderous Moslems, who are known to use children in suicide kabooms targeting civilians in churches, mosques, markets, schools and other small gatherings.

The UN children's agency, UNICEF, did not single out Boko Haram on Monday.

"UNICEF condemns the use of children as human bombs and in any combat or non-combat roles in the conflict in northeast Nigeria
... a particularly crimson stretch of Islam's bloody border...
," it said in a statement.

"This incident brings the number of children who have been reported as having been used as human bombs to five since January 2019. In 2018, 48 children - including 38 girls - were used in suicide kabooms."

Assaults by Boko Haram since 2009 have killed more than 27,000 people and forced two million to leave their homes.
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