Barely a day after a suicide bomber killed 26 in a mosque attack in Borno State on Saturday, another bomb blast has gone near Custom office in Gamboru market of the state, killing one person and injuring three oth-ers, sources told Hausa service of the BBC.
The military source said that the explosives were concealed in a bag of charcoal inside the market, about 300 metres from the state customs of-fice.
There was no immediate claim for the blast which is typical for such at-tacks, but it bore the hallmarks of Boko Haram.
“I heard the sound of a bomb explosion inside Gamboru market as I ap-proached the area to buy vegetables. An ambulance later brought out four people seriously injured,” a resident said.
The group is showing a return to its guerrilla tactics since losing the terri-tory it gained in 2014 after successful offensives by Nigerian troops sup-ported by Chadian, Nigerien, Cameroon forces over the past few months.
Nigeria’s new president, Muhammadu Buhari, in his inaugural address, vowed to crush the Islamist insurgents whom he described as “mindless” and “godless”.
He announced plans to reinforce Maiduguri with a new command and control centre to better coordinate the counter-insurgency effort, a move analysts said signalled his commitment to intensifying the anti-terror fight.
Boko Haram attacks Yobe, loots 2 towns
Boko Haram militants, in a convoy of Hilux vehicles and several motorcy-cles, yesterday invaded the Ngalda community and Fika town, the administrative headquarters of Fika Local Government Area of Yobe State, and destroyed public buildings after looting food items from shops.
The insurgents, according to the residents, stormed the town chanting: “Allahu Akbar (God is Great). We are here to destroy all public buildings, houses and shops of those who believe in democracy. We will continue to fight whosoever identifies himself/herself with the Nigerian government which we consider as anti-Islam. We will not relent or surrender until we impose strict Sharia Law for people to adhere to.”
They residents further stated that during the assault, the terrorists burnt down the local government secretariat, the magistrate court and divisional police station.
Confirming the incident, chairman of Fika LGA local government area, Baba Abare, said that the militants came to the two towns shooting sporadically to scare people away so as to have ample opportunity for their looting.
He said that the sect targeted shops and looted several food items as well as beverages. However, no life was lost during the assault.
The state police commissioner, Mr Markus Danladi, who confirmed the story, however, declined further comments, saying only the military joint task force was authorised to speak on such matters.
Fika and Ngalda communities have suffered several Boko Haram attacks since the commencement of the insurgency, as they share common bor-ders with Gujba and Gulani local council areas which under the control of the militant group, until they were liberated few months ago by security forces.
Ndume Commends Buhari Over Relocation Of Military High Command To Borno
The senator representing Borno South at the National Assembly, Alhaji Mohammed Ndume, has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for directing the military high command to relocate to Maiduguri to concen-trate on the fight against insurgents.
“We have been anticipating that immediately he (Buhari) takes over, he will do something drastic and effective in making sure that the issue of insurgency comes to an end,” Ndume said.
“With the new directives, we are hoping that insurgency in Borno and other states will come to an end sooner or later. With the good intention of the president, we are very optimistic that this madness will come to an end soonest.”[Leadership]