Suicide bombers have, again, killed eight persons in Borno State.
Fourteen others were injured in the attack which occurred on Friday night at an Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp in Dikwa Local Government Area of the North-East state.
A security source said two female suicide bombers hit the camp.
The incident was confirmed by the Chairman of the council, Alhaji Rawa Modu, on Saturday.
Modu, who visited some of the victims, said that the suicide bombers infiltrated into the camp and detonated explosives.
“Two female suicide bombers attacked the 24 Housing Estate camp about 9:30 p.m on Friday.
“Seven persons died on the spot and one other died in the hospital, while 14 other persons are receiving treatment at the Specialist Hospital, Maiduguri.
Modu said that the council had distributed metal detectors to members of the Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF) to enhance security at the camp.
Meanwhile, the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has introduced additional measures aimed at increasing its operational capability in the ongoing counter-insurgency operations in the North-East.
The Director of Public Relations and Information, NAF Headquarters, Air Commodore Olatokunbo Adesanya, said this in statement in Abuja on Saturday.
He said that the measures include the deployment of additional NAF Special Forces and personnel of the Regiment Specialty to reinforce Base security.
Adesanya said the personnel would fight alongside the Nigerian Army troops and NAF Special Forces that were already on ground.
“NAF has also deployed thermal imaging cameras aimed at adding more value to the current efforts at detecting and checkmating the activities of suicide bombers before they carry out their suicide missions.
“This follows the spate of suicide bombings that have been recently recorded in Maiduguri.
“The thermal imaging camera uses infrared and reads temperature differences up to an appreciable distance away and can identify a person at an acceptable distance.
“The cameras, which are mounted on NAF aircraft, can also penetrate obscurants such as smoke, fog and haze,” he said.
Adesanya said the service had in recent times, stepped up its counter-insurgency operations to further decimate the ability of the insurgents in the North-East.
He said: “the focus has largely been the conduct of Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance missions as well as interdiction missions on identified Boko haram Targets.”
Adesanya explained that it was in addition to range of other air operations and humanitarian intervention schemes, aimed at winning the heart and minds of the populace in the conflict areas.
He expressed NAF’s appreciation for the support it enjoyed from Nigerians in its efforts at putting an end to the activities of the insurgents in the North-East.