A Christian pastor was among the seven people who died after two assumed Boko Haram female suicide bombers blew themselves up in Maiduguri in Nigeria.
On Oct. 29, a female Boko Haram suicide bomber blew herself up outside the Bakassi IDP camp where 16,000 people live, killing five men. After 30 minutes, a second bomber blew herself up near a fuel depot. A Church of Christ in Nigeria pastor was among those killed in the fresh bombings, the World Watch Monitor details.
Authorities later recovered nine bodies including that of the two suicide bombers. National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) spokesman Sani Datta said the explosions injured 24 people, BBC reports.
As violence rises in Nigeria, Minister of Defense Brigadier General Mansur Dan-Ali has asked the people for understanding. He is requesting them to give the military more time to wipe out insurgency in the country's northeastern region, Vanguard relays.
The Minister of Defense's plea comes in the wake of the death of Col. Abu Ali and six other soldiers during an encounter with Boko Haram in Borno State. The incident had caused Nigerians to become agitated and to pressure the government into hiking up their efforts to stamp out insurgency in the country.
"Give us additional time, recall that recently we lost one of our officers and soldiers," said Dan-Ali while responding to questions from Statehouse correspondents at the conclusion of a Federal Executive Council meeting. "Insurgency is something that you cannot eradicate within a day."
Dan-Ali also assured the people that almost 95 percent of Nigeria's security issues had been eradicated within the previous year. He reminded the citizens that the current administration encountered a lot of security challenges upon assuming office. Although the Minister of Defense admits that insurgency has not been totally eradicated yet, he proudly said the violence in the northeast and other regions have gone down significantly.