At least 30 were killed in twin suicide bomb attacks on a town in north-east Nigeria on Saturday.
Two blasts ripped through the town of Damboa in Borno state on Saturday evening targeting people returning from celebrating the Eid al-Fitr holiday, in an attack bearing all the hallmarks of Boko Haram. Following the suicide bombings, the sect fired rocket-propelled grenades into the crowds that had gathered at the scene of the attacks, driving the number of casualties higher.
The federal government has insisted on several occasions that Boko Haram has technically been rooted out from its bastions in northern Nigeria. However, attacks have continued unabated in crowded places, mostly by girls and women recruits. The attacks have targeted mosques, markets and camps housing displaced people.
Boko Haram’s nine-year insurgency has left thousands of people killed and hundreds of thousands displaced in the devastated northeast.