News / Africa

Female Suicide Bombers Kill 3 in Nigeria

Security personnel seal the scene of a bomb attack in Kano, Nigeria, July 27, 2014.
Security personnel seal the scene of a bomb attack in Kano, Nigeria, July 27, 2014.
VOA News

Two female suicide bombers carried out deadly attacks Monday in northern Nigeria, the latest violence to hit the city of Kano.

One woman blew herself up as she stood in line with other women who were waiting to buy kerosene for cooking, killing three people.

Hours later, a second bomber blew herself up in a commercial district of the city, injuring six people.

No one has claimed responsibility for the bombings.  However, several attacks in the last week have been blamed on the Islamist group Boko Haram. The attacks have prompted Kano authorities to cancel festivities marking the major Muslim holiday of Eid al -Fitr.

Boko Haram is also suspected in a Saturday attack in the Cameroonian town of Kolofata in which a number of people were killed and others kidnapped, including the mayor and Muslim spiritual leader, Seini Boukar Lamine, his entire family and the wife of Deputy Prime Minister Ahmadou Ali.

A U.S. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Monday that the United States abhors the increasingly brazen attacks by Boko Haram, including the weekend attack in Cameroon.

"Our sympathies and thoughts are with the victims and families of this latest egregious assault on innocent civilians by a terrorist organization, Boko Haram, bent on fomenting violent extremism and insecurity in northeastern Nigeria and the region," said Psaki.

She said the United Sates has been working closely with Cameroon's government for some time as part of a coordinated regional response to Boko Haram.

In Nigeria on Sunday, five people were killed in an attack on a Catholic church in Kano.  In a separate incident in Kano, a female suicide bomber was the only fatality in an attempt to kill police there.

Last week, at least one person was killed and eight others injured in a powerful explosion at a crowded bus depot in Kano.

 

 

You May Like

Video One Year After Thai Coup, No End in Sight for Military Rule

Since carrying out the May 22, 2014 coup, the general has retired from the military but is still firmly in charge More

Goodbye, New York

This is what the fastest-growing big cities in America have in common More

Job-Seeking Bangladeshis Risk Lives to Find Work

The number of Bangladeshi migrants on smugglers’ boats bound for Southeast Asian countries has soared in the past two years More

This forum has been closed.
Comment Sorting
Comments
     
by: Not Again from: Canada
July 28, 2014 5:29 PM
Terrorists at work, as usual, killing innocent civilians; I would not be surprised to hear that these young women were from the group kidnapped about 6 + weeks ago, they were forced to undertake these dastardly crimes, against people that are just trying to live in peace and struggle with daily life. The gvmt of Nigeria continues to demonstrate its total incompetence; they have not even tried to prevent these terrible acts. We do not hear much from the UN on these terrible crimes, the World needs to at least condem these terrible crimes.

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Turkey's Main Opposition Party Hopes for Election Breakthroughi
X
May 22, 2015 10:23 AM
Turkey’s main opposition Republican People’s Party has sought an image change ahead of the June 7 general election. The move comes after suffering successive defeats at the hands of the Islamist-rooted AK Party, which has portrayed it as hostile to religion. Dorian Jones reports from the western city of Izmir.
Video

Video Turkey's Main Opposition Party Hopes for Election Breakthrough

Turkey’s main opposition Republican People’s Party has sought an image change ahead of the June 7 general election. The move comes after suffering successive defeats at the hands of the Islamist-rooted AK Party, which has portrayed it as hostile to religion. Dorian Jones reports from the western city of Izmir.
Video

Video Europe Follows US Lead in Tackling ‘Conflict Minerals’

Metals mined from conflict zones in places like the Democratic Republic of Congo are often sold by warlords to buy weapons. This week European lawmakers voted to force manufacturers to prove that their supply chains are not inadvertently fueling conflicts and human rights abuses. Henry Ridgwell reports from London.
Video

Video Class Tackles Questions of Race, Discrimination

Unrest in some U.S. cities is more than just a trending news item at Ladue Middle School in St. Louis, Missouri. As VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports, it’s a focus of a multicultural studies class engaging students in wide-ranging discussions about racial tensions and police aggression.
Video

Video Mind-Controlled Prosthetics Are Getting Closer

Scientists and engineers are making substantial advances towards the ultimate goal in prosthetics – creation of limbs that can be controlled by the wearer’s mind. Thanks to sophisticated sensors capable of picking up the brain’s signals, an amputee in Iceland is literally bringing us one step closer to that goal. VOA’s George Putic reports.
Video

Video Afghan Economy Sinks As Foreign Troops Depart

As international troops prepare to leave Afghanistan, and many foreign aid groups follow, Afghans are grappling with how the exodus will affect the country's fragile economy. Ayesha Tanzeem reports from the Afghan capital, Kabul.
Video

Video Poverty, Ignorance Force Underage Girls Into Marriage

The recent marriage of a 17-year old Chechen girl to a local police chief who was 30 years older and already had a wife caused an outcry in Russia and beyond. The bride was reportedly forced to marry and her parents were intimidated into giving their consent. The union spotlighted yet again the plight of many underage girls in developing countries. Zlatica Hoke reports poverty, ignorance and fear are behind the practice, especially in Asia and Africa.
Video

Video South Korea Marks Gwangju Uprising Anniversary

South Korea this week marked the 35th anniversary of a protest that turned deadly. The Gwangju Uprising is credited with starting the country’s democratic revolution after it was violently quelled by South Korea’s former military rulers. But as Jason Strother reports, some observers worry that democracy has recently been eroded.
Video

Video California’s Water System Not Created To Handle Current Drought

The drought in California is moving into its fourth year. While the state's governor is mandating a reduction in urban water use, most of the water used in California is for agriculture. But both city dwellers and farmers are feeling the impact of the drought. Some experts say the state’s water system was not created to handle long periods of drought. Elizabeth Lee reports from Ventura County, an agricultural region just northwest of Los Angeles.
Video

Video How to Clone a Mammoth: The Science of De-Extinction

An international team of scientists has sequenced the complete genome of the woolly mammoth. Led by the Swedish Museum of Natural History in Stockholm, the work opens the door to recreate the huge herbivore, which last roamed the Earth 4,000 years ago. VOA’s Rosanne Skirble considers the science of de-extinction and its place on the planet
Video

Video Blind Boy Defines His Life with Music

Cole Moran was born blind. He also has cognitive delays and other birth defects. He has to learn everything by ear. Nevertheless, the 12-year-old has had an insatiable love for music since he was born. VOA’s June Soh introduces us to the young phenomenal harmonica player.

VOA Blogs