Boko Haram bombs bar, kills 60 in Adamawa

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Members of the Boko Haram Islamic sect on
Sunday bombed a bar and a brothel located near
a major military base in Mubi, Adamawa State and
killed over 60 people.
Sources told saharareporters that explosion
rocked the popularly bar located at Kaban, a few
kilometres to the headquarters of the Special
Operations Battalion (SOB) of the Nigerian army in
Mubi.
It was gathered that the SOB was at the centre of
the Nigerian government’s counter-offensive
against Boko Haram’s increasingly daring attacks
on military and civilian targets.
Saharareporters reported that the blast occurred
around 6pm at the brothel where both military
and civilians used to unwind.
The agency reported that one of its sources said
none of the casualties was a soldier, but another
source told saharareporters that it was too early
to determine whether soldiers were among the
casualties or not.
Saharareporters added that soldiers based in Mubi
“frequently join civilians to eat, drink and dance at
the watering hole. It, however, added that military
commanders had warned soldiers not to stay at
the joint past 4 p.m.
In recent weeks, Boko Haram has carried out
deadly attacks in the northeast Nigerian states of
Adamawa, Borno and Yobe despite the Federal
Government’s declaration of a state of emergency
in the three states.
Meanwhile, security forces in Cameroon have
killed about 40 Boko Haram militants in clashes in
the country’s far north on Sunday.
Cameroon’s state radio said this on Sunday
shortly after the release of two Italian priests and
a Canadian nun suspected to have been held by
the Islamist group.
A government source in Yaounde was quoted by
Reuters as having confirmed the clashes which
took place west of the town of Kousseri, in the
region bordering Nigeria and Chad.
Cameroon, which had been criticised by Nigeria
for not doing enough to fight the Boko Haram
insurgents, deployed some 1,000 troops in the far
North last week.
The two Italian priests and a Canadian nun
kidnapped in northern Cameroon nearly two
months ago by suspected Boko Haram gunmen
were released on Sunday, smiling and apparently
in good health as they arrived in Yaounde, the
capital.
Reuters reported that Giampaolo Marta and
Gianantonio Allegri, missionaries from the diocese
of Vicenza in northeast Italy, and Canadian
Gilberte Bissiere were seized on the night of April
4 from the parish of Maroua, close to the border
with Nigeria.
There has been no claim of responsibility for their
kidnapping but Cameroonian officials have pointed
the finger at the Nigerian Islamist group Boko
Haram, which has become active in a region that
it had for some time used as a logistical base.
Reuters added that state television in Cameroon
showed images of the priests and the nun arriving
at Yaounde airport on Sunday in the company of
heavily armed Cameroonian special forces.

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