Incidents in Nigeria

This item appears on page 18 of the June 2018 issue.

Two suicide bombings occurred near a mosque in the city of Mubi in eastern Nigeria on May 1, killing at least 24 people. The first bomb was detonated in a group of worshipers arriving for afternoon prayers, while the second occurred at a nearby market as people fled the first bomb.

As of press time, no group had claimed responsibility for the attack, but the Islamist militant group Boko Haram is active in the area and has used suicide bombers in Mubi in the past.

On May 6, a group of outlaws described as “former cattle rustlers” attacked the town of Gwaska in central Nigeria, shooting villagers as they fled and killing at least 51 people. The attackers also burned down homes and other buildings in the village. The criminal group has been operating in the area for some time unchecked by police or government forces, causing locals to form self-defense forces.