Nigeria: Suicide bomb attacks killing at least 30 football fans bear hallmarks of Boko Haram

Responding to multiple suicide bomb attacks targeting people watching a football match on TV in Konduga, in north eastern Nigeria, Osai Ojigho Director Amnesty International Nigeria said:

“These horrific suicide bomb attacks that killed at least 30 people and injured over 40 more bear all the hallmarks of Boko Haram and its vicious, unrelenting campaign targeting civilians. These unlawful attacks are typical of Boko Haram’s despicable disdain for the sanctity of human life.

“We are calling on Boko Haram and other armed groups to immediately stop targeting civilians. All those responsible must face justice for all the atrocities committed, including the use of children for suicide missions.

“The Nigerian authorities must do more to protect civilians, especially in areas like Konduga that have frequently been targeted by Boko Haram.”

Background:

Boko Haram has not claimed responsibility for the attacks, which took place on Sunday evening. However, based on analysis of the attacks as well as information from witnesses and journalist in the area, it is clear the attacks fit the pattern of the group’s methods and targets.

According to media reports, it was the biggest mass killing by suicide bombers in Nigeria this year. Reports coming in suggest that the number of casualties is set to rise due to the gravity of injuries.

Since 2009, Boko Haram has been carrying out a violent campaign against civilians in north eastern Nigeria through acts of almost daily killings, bombings, abductions and looting.

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