Eid al-Fitr terror strikes kill more than 60 in N.E Nigeria

Boko Haram terror group has intensified attacks as government steps up its offensive

Boko Haram terror group has intensified attacks as government steps up its offensive

Eid al-Fitr celebrations in Damaturu and Gombe towns in Northeastern Nigeria have turned blood as terror attacks have claimed more than 60.

Reports say the suicide bombers attacked as hundreds of residents were busy preparing to celebrate the end of the holy month of Ramadan.

Local police say Friday attacks in Dataturu were carried out by 3 young girls, and they claimed 13 lives.

“Thirteen people were killed in the suicide blasts,” said Markus Danladi, Yobe state Commissioner of Police said adding “The attacks were carried out by three underage girls. Fifteen people were also injured in the attacks.”

Earlier on Thursday another double-suicide attack had target people shopping at a market in the town of Gombe, South of Damaturu and 49 people were killed.

No group has claimed responsibility as yet but analysts say the bomb attacks have all the hallmarks of Boko Haram, and in his message to the Muslim community and Nigerians Friday, President Muhammadu Buhari wasted no time stating his government will intensify the offensive again the Islamic militants.

“I was very aware of your high expectations when I assumed office and I reassure you, my fellow citizens, that since my inauguration … I have been working with utmost dedication to meticulously plan and tackle the many national challenges which we identified and promised to resolve,” Buhari said

In his few weeks in office, the former military ruler has relocated the Boko Haram command centre to Maiduguri (Northeast), Boko Haram’s strong hold in a move aimed at taking on the insurgents head on.

Just last week, Buhari dramatically fired the Nigerian military top brass in bid to effect a complete overhaul of the country’s armed forces as they sharpen offensive against Boko Haram.

Amnesty International estimates abot 17,000 people have been massacred by Boko Haram since it launched its uprising in 2009.

Reports say just this month more 300 people have been killed by Boko Haram.