2019 Konduga bombings

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2019 Konduga bombings
Part of the Boko Haram insurgency
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LocationKonduga, Borno, Nigeria
Date16 June 2019
TargetFootball fans
Attack type
Suicide bombings
WeaponsSuicide vest
Deaths30 (+3 attackers)
Injured40+

On the evening of 16 June 2019, three suicide bombers detonated their explosives in Konduga village in Borno State, Nigeria, killing 30 people and wounding over 40.[1][2] The first bomber targeted football fans who were watching a game on television in the hall.[3] He was blocked from entering the hall by the owner. A heated argument ensued, during which the bomber detonated his explosives. This attack was the most deadly suicide bombing in 2019 in Nigeria.[4] Soon after, the other two - both of whom were female[2] - blew themselves up nearby.[1]

Konduga had suffered previous attacks, including massacres in January 2014 and in February 2014, a triple suicide bombing in February 2018 and a suicide bombing at a mosque in July 2018.[3]

On 27 July 2019, a group returning from a funeral in Nganzai, Borno State, were the victims of a mass shooting. At least 65 people were killed. There was no claim of responsibility, but Islamist group Boko Haram often carries out massacres, most often in Borno.[5]

Responsibility[edit]

There was no claim of responsibility, though the Konduga attack bore the hallmarks of Boko Haram. One of the group's bases is in nearby Maiduguri.[6] BH regards football as un-Islamic and a corrupting Western influence.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Suicide blast kills football fans in Nigeria". 2019-06-17. Retrieved 2019-06-17.
  2. ^ a b Bukola Adebayo. "30 dead in triple suicide bomb blasts in Nigeria". CNN. Retrieved 2019-06-17.
  3. ^ a b "Nigeria suicide attack: Triple blasts kill at least 30 in Borno". www.aljazeera.com. Retrieved 2019-06-17.
  4. ^ a b "Triple suicide attack kills at least 30 in northeast Nigeria". Reuters. 2019-06-17. Retrieved 2019-06-17.
  5. ^ "Suspected Islamists kill at least 65 in northeast Nigeria - state TV". Reuters. Retrieved 28 July 2019.
  6. ^ "30 killed in Nigeria suicide bombing while watching TV match". ABC News. Retrieved 2019-06-17.