On Saturday, April 6th 2019, a twin suicide attack in Maiduguri, Nigeria, left three dead and 45 injured. The dead include one civilian and two members of the Civilian Joint Task Force militia.
The bombing was carried out by two female suicide bombers, who detonated their vests among a crowd in the Muna Dalti settlement in Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state, at about 8pm.
The area is often said to be crowded in the evening with those displaced by Boko Haram violence in the region.
Though the attack was not immediately claimed, Boko Haram was blamed; with the site of the attack repeatedly targeted by Boko Haram suicide bombers.
AOAV records casualties (i.e. people killed and injured) from explosive violence around the world as reported in English-language news sources.
Following a 99% increase in civilian deaths and injuries from explosive weapons in 2017 in Nigeria, last year saw a slight drop in such violence; from the 977 civilian casualties recorded in 2017, to 726 last year.
However, for IED attacks alone, the casualty numbers each year were largely similar, with 657 recorded in 2017 and 648 recorded in 2018. Though suicide attacks in fact saw a 22% rise in civilian casualties last year.
Last year, over 99% of civilian casualties from explosive weapons in Nigeria were caused by suicide attacks.
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.
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