DEADLY EXPLOSION IN REFUGEE CAMP IN NIGERIA

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Deadly explosion hits refugee camp in Nigeria


Fri Sep 11, 2015 3:33PM

Girls rescued by Nigerian soldiers from Boko Haram at Sambisa Forest line up to collect donated clothes at the Malkohi refugee camp in Yola on May 5, 2015. (© AFP)

Girls rescued by Nigerian soldiers from Boko Haram at Sambisa Forest line up to collect donated clothes at the Malkohi refugee camp in Yola on May 5, 2015. (© AFP)

A deadly explosion has reportedly rocked a refugee camp in Nigeria’s volatile northeastern state of Adamawa.

There was a blast at Malkohi IDP (internally displaced persons) camp in Yola around 11 o’clock this morning (1000 GMT),” Red Cross official Aliyu Maikano told AFP on Friday.

Reports say the explosion was caused by an improvised explosive device (IED) left by the tents of the camp, which houses those displaced due to the terror activities by Takfiri Boko Haram militants.

There are conflicting reports about the death toll. The Red Cross puts the figures at three dead and nine injured, but Adamawa state police spokesman Othman Abubakar said the blast claimed two lives and injured seven others.

This while Suleiman Mohammed, the director of response, relief and rehabilitation at the Adamawa State Emergency Management Agency (ADSEMA), said five were killed and 20 injured.

Reports say there were also children among the victims.

Some of the 275 women and children rescued from Boko Haram in Nigeria’s Sambisa Forest during military operations leave the Malkohi camp outside the Adamawa state capital, Yola, in northeast Nigeria on May 25, 2015. (© AFP)

 

Earlier this year, hundreds of women and children, who had been held hostage by Boko Haram, were brought to the camp after they were rescued by the military. Security has been tight in the camp since then.

It is not yet clear who was behind the attack, but some are pointing the fingers at Boko Haram, which is notorious for such attacks on civilians.

Boko Haram, which means “Western education is forbidden” in the African Hausa language, began an armed rebellion against the government of Nigeria since 2009. The violence has claimed some 20,000 lives, according to reports.

Regional military forces mostly from the African Union (AU) have retaken most territory back from the terror group in recent years