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Suicide bombers wreak havoc in northeast Nigeria as President insists deadly terror group long defeated Updated for 2021

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Updated: February 24, 2021

Three suicide bombers detonated explosives in northeast Nigeria late on Sunday, killing at least 30 people and injuring dozens in a region overwhelmed by violence and crushed by frequent massacres.

The attacks at a tea hall where villagers had gathered to watch soccer on a big screen, were carried out by two men and a woman in the village of Konduga about 15 miles from Maiduguri, the state capital of Borno state.

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No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attacks, but they all bore the hallmarks of Boko Haram, the deadly terror organization ravaging Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad and Niger, and vowing to establish a Muslim caliphate where only “pure” Islam is practiced.

President Muhammadu Buhari who came to power in 2015 vowing to crush Boko Haram has continued to insist that the terrorists have long been defeated, even as they continue to spread terror and displace millions, leaving many to believe the retired Nigerian general’s words are at variance with the gloom on the ground.

In a statement on Monday evening, President Buhari commiserated with families of the victims and sent condolences to the government of Borno.

President Buhari decried the heinous acts, stressing that perpetrators of evil acts have judgment awaiting them, not only from man, via the long arms of the law, but also from God Almighty.

He urged security agents to sustain surveillance in all theatres of security challenges in the country, taking into consideration the unconventional methods deployed by terrorists to harm innocent and unsuspecting victims.

The President commended the efforts of emergency response workers and humanitarian organizations.

 He prayed that God will grant the souls of the departed eternal rest and comfort their families.

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Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba covers the White House, the U.S. government, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions for Today News Africa in Washington D.C. Simon can be reached on simonateba@todaynewsafrica.com

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