"There are fears that this attack might mark the beginning of a series of Boko Haram attacks during the Christmas period" says Fr. Gideon Obasogie, Director of Social Communications of the Diocese of Maiduguri, the capital of the Nigerian state of Borno, where on Sunday, December 11, at least one person was killed and others wounded in a double suicide attack carried out by two girls in the main market of the city.
"Attacks of this kind seem to be a reprisal of Boko Haram for the
reconquest by the Nigerian army of areas of northern Nigeria that were
under the control of the Islamist sect. It is also a way to encourage
their members not to give in, showing that they are still able to hit in
a big city like ours", said Fr. Gideon.
"The people of Maiduguri has become much more cautious and try to avoid
the main market, making purchases in smaller shops, just to avoid an
area which is usually very crowded and an easy target of the attacks. In
general we try to avoid crowded areas because there are fears that Boko
Haram has adopted the strategy of indiscriminate attacks against
civilians to prove they are still alive and well, despite the blows
suffered", said the priest.