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Borno suicide bomb attack death toll rises to 43

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The number of people confirmed dead from the deadly weekend attacks by suspected Boko Haram insurgents has risen to 43.

Boko Haram, who used young girls as suicide bombers killed 43 people in Damboa community on Monday, updating the toll.

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.

“About 43 lost their lives , 12 individuals who are desperately injured ” are being flown by helicopter to the Maiduguri with help from the ICRC , local official Kaumi Wakil told AFP, referring to the capital of Borno and the birthplace of Boko Haram.
Wakil said 35 others were injured and were in the “ process of referral to the ICRC clinic ” in Biu. Another local official confirmed the new death toll , which had initially been reported as 31 .

Following the suicide bombings , the jihadists fired rocket-propelled grenades into the crowds that had gathered at the scene of the attacks, driving the number of casualties higher.

“Civilians consistently bear the brunt of the conflict and over 200 women, children and men have now been killed in indiscriminate attacks in the north-east since the beginning of the year,” the UN humanitarian coordinator in Nigeria Myrta Kaulard said.

“ I urge the Government of Nigeria to further step up protection of people.”