AFRICA/NIGERIA - Eight dead in an attack against a refugee camp in the north-east of the Country

Wednesday, 22 March 2017 armed groups  

Abuja (Agenzia Fides) - At least eight people died in a suicide attack on the night of March 22, in Maiduguri, capital of Borno State in northeastern Nigeria. According to preliminary information five suicide bombers blew themselves up in the camp for displaced in Muna Garage near the city.
The camp is home to hundreds of thousands of displaced people fleeing the violence of Boko Haram, which has already committed other suicide attacks. It is therefore likely that this latest attack was perpetrated by the Islamist sect, that despite the severe blows received by the army continues to carry out attacks to show that they have not been defeated.
The security situation remains precarious in other areas of Nigeria. On March 20, 18 people were killed in a market in the central region of Benue. President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered an inquiry into this massacre and condemned the recent wave of killings that affects different regions of the Federation.
In their last public statement (see Fides 14/03/2017), the Nigerian Bishops warned of the "loss of the sanctity of life" and on the "spread, in several areas, of ethnic militias, and their increasingly destructive violence against the community". "Since the end of the tragic civil war (1967-1970), at no time in the history of our beloved Country, the issue of citizenship has been subjected to such a tough test". (L.M.) (Agenzia Fides 22/03/2017)