A Christian pastor and eight others were killed in two separate attacks in Maiduguri, Nigeria on Oct. 29. The attacks were carried out by female suicide bombers who are believed to be members of Boko Haram.
The pastor belonged to the Church of Christ in Nigeria (COCIN), according toWorld Watch Monitor.
France 24 reported that the first blast occured when two suicide bombers tried to enter a camp that holds more than 16,000 refugees. The military however, clarified that there is only one attacker.
“A suspected female suicide bomber ran into a group of men and women at the entrance while they were coming out of the camp, killing five men and injuring 11 women,” said military spokesman Col. Mustapha Anka.
The second explosion occured about a kilometer away from the first site about half an hour later. A tricycle taxi driven by the bomber and carrying two passengers reportedly exploded outside a gas station. The taxi followed a fuel tanker “with the sole aim of gaining entry to cause maximum damage and casualty.”
Nine bodies, including the suicide bombers, were recovered in the explosions. Twenty-four wounded people have been brought to nearby hospitals, according to Sani Datta, a spokesperson for the National Emergency Management Agency.
The blasts on Saturday is the second attack in two weeks. On Oct. 12, an bomb explosion killed eight refugees in a taxi-van outside Maiduguri.