At least 18 killed in clash in northwest Nigeria


Three suicide bombers killed 19 people and injured about 70 others at a fish market in northeast Nigeria, in an attack blamed on Boko Haram insurgency.

Borno Commissioner of Police, Damian Chukwu, who confirmed the incident, said the attack occurred despite "proactive" measures taken by the police to decongest the market. Hospital officials said two patients later died from their injuries. "From the wailing, one can tell that there were many casualties".

The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami, SAN, who made this disclosure via a statement he issued yesterday, said the suspects were freed after the prosecution failed to establish any link between them and the Boko Haram sect.

The second is to ensure that, all assistance, promotes the protection, safety and dignity of affected people, and is provided equitably to women, girls, men and boys.

The Chief of Army Staff further stated that the Nigerian Army is expecting a number of equipment which the Federal Government is procuring for the military.

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In 2014, terrorist from Boko Haram kidnapped 276 schoolgirls from Chibok, sparking an worldwide campaign to secure their release. Thousands of other residents from villages overrun by Boko Haram are also believed to be held in miserable conditions by the militants, who are known to conscript children into fighting.

He said the suspects were arrested and detained due to factors such as suspicion of belonging to Boko Haram, or concealing information that would have helped security agencies to stop their attacks.

Turkey on Sunday condemned the multiple suicide bombings in Borno State in northeastern Nigeria.

"There were a lot of people doing last minute shopping when the suicide bombers hit the market", he added.