Thursday, 12 December 2019

Twin Suicide Blasts Kill 30 in Nigeria

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  • TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - A twin suicide bombing carried out by two teenagers in Maiduguri, Nigeria, has killed at least 30 civilians. To date, no group has claimed responsibility over the attack, although official suspicion falls on Boko Haram - considering Maiduguri is a known Boko Haram stronghold.

    "Currently around 30 bodies are scattered on the ground. The second bomb exploded right when bystanders were attempting to rescue victims from the initial explosion," said Sani Adamu, a witness who spoke to Reuters, on Wednesday, November 26, 2014.

    The first bomber detonated a bomb which directly killed three women who were standing near him, while the second bomb killed another 30 victims not long after the first bomb exploded. Abba Aji Kalli, a coordinator for Borno at the Nigerian Joint Task Force, said that the characteristic of the bombing mirrors past attacks carried out by Boko Haram in the past year.

    As a result of of these attacks, Human Rights Watch has called on Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan to protect Nigerians from the deteriorating violence and human rights violations in the country committed by Boko Haram.

    "Government institutions must enforce the law and respect its due processes by holding in high regard the concept of fair trial, as well as prohibitions to the use of torture, kidnapping and arbitrary executions in conflict," said the Human Rights Watch through a letter addressed to the President.

    At least 2,053 civilians have been killed in militant attacks carried out by Boko Haram, who carried out 95 attacks across 70 cities throughout Nigeria since 2014.

    REUTERS | RINDU P. HESTYA