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Triple suicide bombing kills at least 20 in northeast Nigeria

On Friday evening, February 16th 2018, three suicide bombers killed at least 20 people, whilst another 70 people were wounded in a fish market in Konduga, northeastern Nigeria.

The market in Konduga is about 20km from Maiduguri centre, in Borno.

Whilst no group has claimed the bombing, the attack bears the hallmarks of Boko Haram, who have been responsible for many such bombings in the area. All three bombers are believed to have been female.

At least 22 of the injured are said to be in a critical condition.

AOAV records casualties (i.e. people killed and injured) from explosive violence around the world as reported in English-language news sources.

Our latest data shows that in the first 11 months of 2017 there was a 42% increase in civilian deaths from explosive violence globally, compared to the same period in 2016. However, Nigeria saw a 108% increase in civilian deaths from explosive violence in this period, or a 136% rise in civilian casualties (deaths and injuries).

Whilst in the same period the previous year 100% of civilian casualties were caused by IEDs in Nigeria, IEDs in this 11-month period of 2017 accounted for 63% of all civilian casualties, due to a large-scale air strike in January where the Nigerian army bombed a refugee camp in Rann, Borno, believing it to be a Boko Haram base, which left at least 285 civilians killed or injured.

Despite this, civilian casualties from IEDs in Nigeria rose by 57% between January and November 2017 compared to the same period in 2016 – civilian casualties from suicide bombings increased by 74%.

In the same period, at least 40% of all IED attacks in the country took place in Maiduguri.

Though the levels of civilian harm from IEDs is still significantly less than previous years, due to national efforts to destroy Boko Haram, the group still maintains a presence and the ability to carry out such attacks. And, these attacks have been on the increase.

AOAV calls on all states to urgently address the threat of IED attacks. There is an urgent need for preventative measures to be implemented by States and the international community.