MAROUA A funeral gathering has turned even more tragic after two young women pretending to be mourners blew the place up, killing six and wounding more than a dozen at a village in the Far North.
Nigerian terrorist group Boko Haram is likely behind the attack on Wednesday, which occurred as mourners were preparing to eat breakfast after staying up all night, our correspondent in the Far North said, quoting local officials.
Most of the dead were children playing at the funeral in Ngutchewe, a favourite Boko Haram target on the Cameroon-Nigeria border. Last month, a suicide bomber killed four worshipers at a mosque in the village. Nguetchewe is also the same place where a French priest was abducted and held for 50 days in 2013.
The latest explosion killed both attackers and wounded about 50 people. Responders took the most severe among the injured to the Maroua general hospital, local media reported.
Boko Haram has increased suicide attacks in the Far North since the beginning of the year, as Nigeria increases military pressure on the group believed to be hiding in the Sambisa forest in northeast Nigeria.
Attacks, six of which have been through suicide bombings, have killed more than 60 people since January, according to the most recent tally made public by the ministry of communications. Boko Haram has killed more than 1200 in the region in two years.
The group’s atrocities in the Far North and parts of northeast Nigeria include torching entire villages and burning screaming children alive in the Nigerian village of Dolari early this year.