At least 30 people have been killed
in a triple suicide attack in northeast Nigerian state of Borno, state
emergency officials said on Monday, in the biggest mass killing this year by
No group has yet claimed
responsibility for the attack.
The Boko Haram group and its Islamic
State splinter group have often carried out attacks targeting civilians and the
military in Borno state. Their attacks have claimed hundreds of thousands of
lives and displaced millions of people.
“Yesterday around 8pm (1900 GMT) it
was reported that there was a very loud explosion in (the village of) Konduga.
On reaching the scene of the incident we found there were a lot of casualties.
In fact the death toll was over 30 and the injured over 42,” an emergency
service official told Reuters.
The military did not respond to a
request for comment.
Earlier the village head, Bulama
Kalli, said three suicide bombers had taken part in the attack, targeting a
place where villagers had gathered to watch a soccer match on a large screen.
Most of those killed have now been
buried while several survivors are still in hospital in Maiguduri, Kalli said.
Boko Haram regards soccer – often
watched by Nigerians while drinking beer – as un-Islamic and the ultimate
demonstration of corrupting Western influence.
Konduga is located some 25km (15
miles) from Maiduguri, the state capital of Borno state.
The Nigerian government says the
Boko Haram insurgency, and the rival Islamic State West Africa Province group,
have been largely defeated, but they continue to launch attacks on civilian and
The decade-long insurgency has
killed more than 30,000 people and displaced millions of civilians in northeast