KABUL: (Middle East Press) At least 38 people have been killed in two separate bombing attacks in Nigeria’s northeastern state of Borno while Boko Haram leader has vowed to disrupt the country’s upcoming elections.
The first attack was launched on Tuesday at a checkpoint in Yamarkumi village, near the town of Biu, killing 36 people and injuring 20 others.
“Most of the victims were child vendors and beggars that usually crowd the checkpoint,” a source at the Biu General Hospital said on condition of anonymity.
Boko Haram has repeatedly attacked Biu trying to grab the town, but its attacks have been repelled by soldiers and local vigilantes.
In a video released on Twitter hours after the attacks, Boko Haram’s leader Abubakar Shekau threatened the upcoming elections. “This election will not be held even if we are dead.”
The terrorist group had also issued a statement on Monday threatening Niger and Chad with bomb attacks.
The worsening militancy has killed at least 13,000 people and rendered more than a million others homeless since 2009, according to AFP.