Teenage suicide bomber kills 8 in Nigeria

LAGOS, Nigeria -- The bombers in the northeastern town from which Boko Haram abducted scores of schoolgirls were men wearing hijabs with explosives strapped to their backs to look like babies, Nigeria's military said Friday.

See Full Article

A community leader said multiple explosions in Chibok killed 18 people.

In a new attack Friday, a teenage boy detonated himself at a market in northeast Gombi town, killing at least eight people and wounding 25, according to local Red Cross official Maikano Abdullahi.

Such attacks are blamed on Boko Haram Islamic extremists who have turned to suicide bombings of soft targets since troops last year forced them out of towns and villages.

The six-year insurgency has killed some 20,000, driven 2.5 million from their homes and spread across Nigeria's borders. On Monday, four suicide bombers attacked a market and town in northern Cameroon, killing at least 35 people and wounding 65, according to officials who said the bombers came from Nigeria. On Thursday, two female suicide bombers targeted a school in northern Cameroon. Officials said they killed only themselves and wounded some students.

In Nigeria's northeastern town of Chibok, one bomber was discovered to be a man wearing a woman's dress when bodies were brought to the hospital, according to a nurse who requested anonymity because he is not authorized to speak to reporters.

Community leader Pogu Bitrus said the toll was higher than originally given: 17 civilians, one soldier and three suicide bombers died in explosions Wednesday.

Bitrus said six bombers entered the town. Military spokesman Col. Mustapha Ank confirmed two were disguised as women.

Chibok and Boko Haram came to the world's attention after the Islamic extremists' mass abduction of schoolgirls in April 2014.

---

Associated Press writers Ibrahim Abdulaziz in Yola, Haruna Umar in Abuja and Ismail Alfa in Maiduguri contributed to this report.



Advertisements

Latest Canada & World News

  • Australian man handed life sentence in Philippines for child trafficking

    World News CTV News
    MANILA, Philippines - A Philippine court has sentenced an Australian man to life imprisonment after finding him guilty on human trafficking and child pornography charges. Drew Frederick Shobbrook, 51, listened quietly as the verdict was read in a court in Cebu city on Tuesday. Source
  • Trump Jr calls it 'nonsense' that family's profiting from presidency

    World News CTV News
    Donald Trump Jr. gives a thumbs up as he arrives for a meeting in New Delhi, India, Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup) Source
  • Widow of avalanche victim sues guides, lodge operator for negligence

    Canada News CTV News
    VANCOUVER - The widow of an Alberta man who died in an avalanche near Golden, B.C., is suing the guides, their mountain guide association and the lodge operator for negligence. Douglas and Sheila Churchill were among 13 people skiing in the backcountry, about 50 kilometres northwest of Golden, when a large avalanche struck in February 2016. Source
  • Storm causes disruptions across New Zealand

    World News CTV News
    WELLINGTON, New Zealand - Mudslides blocked the only road to a small New Zealand town Wednesday after a powerful Pacific storm caused disruptions across parts of the country. The 1,000 tourists and 5,000 locals in Takaka are not entirely trapped, but would have to use a boat, helicopter or small plane to leave town now or wait a week or more before the road is cleared and repaired. Source
  • Canada welcomes release of final text of CPTPP deal

    Canada News CBC News
    The final version of a landmark deal aimed at cutting trade barriers in some of the Asia-Pacific's fastest-growing economies was released on Wednesday, signalling the pact was a step closer to reality even without its star member the United States. Source
  • Quebec man pleads guilty to importing cocaine into Australia

    Canada News CTV News
    One of three Quebecers charged with importing a large amount of cocaine into Australia in 2016 has pleaded guilty. New South Wales District Court spokeswoman Felicia Benedikovics says Andre Tamine pleaded guilty last Friday to importing cocaine in commercial quantities and will be sentenced on Oct. Source
  • Roof of community arena collapses in Calgary neighbourhood, nobody hurt

    Canada News CTV News
    CALGARY - No one was hurt when the roof of a small arena collapsed in a Calgary neighbourhood. The failure of the roof at the Fairview Community Centre Tuesday afternoon came only a day after the building was evacuated due to concerns about its structural integrity. Source
  • Japan sees transfer at sea that may violate North Korea sanctions

    World News CTV News
    TOKYO -- Japan's military has witnessed a ship-to-ship transfer on the high seas that it "strongly suspects" violates U.N. sanctions on North Korea, in the third such incident reported by Japan in the past month. Source
  • North Korea calls off meeting with Mike Pence 'at the last minute,' White House says

    World News CBC News
    U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence was all set to hold a history-making meeting with North Korean officials during the Winter Olympics in South Korea, but Kim Jong-un's government cancelled at the last minute, the Trump administration said Tuesday. Source
  • 'We aren't politicians, but we have voices': Shooting survivors push lawmakers on gun laws

    World News CTV News
    A group of students who survived a massacre at their Florida high school is optimistic that their anti-gun message will be heard by the state’s Republican politicians. A busload of students headed to Tallahassee Tuesday in hopes of pushing legislators to adopt stricter gun control laws in the wake of the deadly shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where 17 students and faculty members were killed last Wednesday. Source