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Joint motion for a resolution on the mass displacement of children in Nigeria as a result of Boko Haram attacks – RC-B8-2015-1003

The European Parliament,

–  having regard to its previous resolutions on Nigeria, in particular to those of 16 July 2014(1) and 30 April 2015(2),

–  having regard to previous statements by the Vice-President of the Commission / High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini, including those of 8 January, 19 January, 31 March, 14 and 15 April, and 3 July 2015,

–  having regard to the statement by the President of the Security Council of the UN on 28 July 2015,

–  having regard to President Muhammadu Buhari’s address to the UN General Assembly of 28 September 2015, and to the UN counter-terrorism summit,

–  having regard to the Cotonou Agreement,

–  having regard to UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security, adopted on 31 October 2000,

–  having regard to the United Nations (UN) Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Organization of African Unity (OAU) Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (1990),

–  having regard to the 2003 Child Rights Act signed into law by the Federal Government of Nigeria,

–  having regard to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 1948,

–  having regard to the African Union Convention on the prevention and fight against terrorism, ratified by Nigeria on 16 May 2003, and the Additional Protocol, ratified by Nigeria on 22 December 2008,

–  having regard to the EU Emergency Trust Fund for stability and addressing root causes of irregular migration and displaced persons in Africa,

–  having regard to the report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights on violations and abuses committed by Boko Haram and the impact on human rights in the affected countries of 29 September 2015; having regard to the statements by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights regarding the possibility that members of Boko Haram could be accused of war crimes,

–  having regard to Rules 135(5) and 123(4) of its Rules of Procedure,

A.  whereas Nigeria, the most populous and largest economy in Africa, which is ethnically diverse and marked by regional and religious cleavages and a North-South divide with severe economic and social inequalities, has since 2009 become the battlefield of the Boko Haram Islamic terrorist group with its sworn allegiance to Da’esh; whereas the terrorist group has become a growing threat to the stability of Nigeria and the West African region; whereas the Nigerian security forces have often used excessive force and committed abuses during military operations to counter the insurgency;

B.  whereas at least 1 600 civilians have been killed by Boko Haram in the last four months, raising the death toll to at least 3 500 civilians in 2015 alone;

C.  whereas since the emergence of the Boko Haram insurgency its targeted actions against schoolboys and schoolgirls in the area have deprived children of access to education, with the figure of 10.5 million children of primary school age in Nigeria not attending school being the highest in the world, according to UNESCO figures; whereas, like al-Shabaab in Somalia, AQIM, MUJAO and Ansar Dine in North Mali and the Taliban in Afghanistan and Pakistan, Boko Haram targets children and women who receive an education;

D.  whereas despite advances by Nigerian and regional armed forces, increasing attacks and suicide bombings extending beyond the border into neighbouring countries threaten stability and the livelihood of millions of people throughout the entire region; whereas children are in critical danger on account of the deteriorating humanitarian situation, with worsening food insecurity combined with poor access to education, safe drinking water and health services;

E.  whereas the UN estimates that the violence in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states has recently resulted in the number of internally displaced people increasing dramatically to 2.1 million, 58% of whom are children, according to IOM; whereas more than 3 million people have been affected by the insurgency as a whole, and 5.5 million are in need of humanitarian assistance in the Lake Chad Basin;

F.  whereas Nigeria has succeeded in conducting mostly peaceful presidential and gubernatorial elections despite the threats made by Boko Haram to disrupt the ballot; whereas Nigeria and its neighbouring countries created a Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) on 11 June 2015 in Abuja to comply with the decisions taken in Niamey in January 2015 on fighting Boko Haram;

G.  whereas Boko Haram has abducted more than 2 000 women and girls in Nigeria since 2009, including the kidnapping of 276 schoolgirls from Chibok in the north-east of the country on 14 April 2014, an act which shocked the whole world and triggered an international campaign (‘Bring back our Girls’) to rescue them; whereas almost a year and half later, more than 200 of the girls captured in that incident have still not been found;

H.  whereas many more children have since gone missing, or have been abducted or recruited to serve as fighters and house workers, with girls being subjected to rape and forced marriage or forced to convert to Islam; whereas since April 2015 some 300 other girls rescued by the Nigerian security forces from terrorist strongholds and around 60 others who managed to escape their captors from another location have described their life in captivity to Human Rights Watch (HRW) as being one of daily violence and terror, plus physical and psychological abuses; whereas, according to the UNSR for Children and Armed Conflict, the armed conflict in north-eastern Nigeria this past year was one of the world’s deadliest for children, with killings, the growing recruitment and use of children, countless abductions and sexual violence against girls; whereas UNICEF says that more than 23 000 children have been separated from their parents and forced from their home by the violence, running to save their lives inside Nigeria or crossing the border to Cameroon, Chad and Niger;

I.  whereas most of the children living in IDP and refugee camps have lost one or both parents (either killed or missing), as well as siblings and other relatives; whereas, although a number of international and national humanitarian organisations are operating in the camps, access to basic rights for many of these children – including nutrition, shelter (overcrowded and unsanitary), health and education – remains of abysmally low quality;

J.  whereas there are at least 208 000 children without access to education and 83 000 lack access to safe water in the sub-region (Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad and Niger), and 23 000 children in the north-east of Nigeria have been separated from their families;

K.  whereas the number of attacks by Boko Haram has risen in Nigeria, as well as in neighbouring Cameroon, Chad and Niger; whereas Boko Haram continues to abduct children and women to carry explosive devices, using them, without their knowledge, as suicide bombers; whereas some of those who had sought refuge on the Chadian side of Lake Chad were again targeted by the same terrorists on Chadian soil;

L.  whereas in June 2015 the EU provided EUR 21 million in humanitarian aid to help displaced people in Nigeria and neighbouring countries affected by the violence of terrorist organisations;

M.  whereas UNICEF, together with governments and partners in Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad and Niger, is increasing its operations to assist thousands of children and their families in the region by providing access to safe water, education, counselling and psychological support, as well as vaccinations and treatment for severe acute malnutrition; whereas UNICEF has received only 32% of the 50.3 million required this year for its humanitarian response across the Lake Chad region;

N.  whereas a number of the abducted women and girls who have escaped or have been rescued or freed return home pregnant and in dire need of reproductive and maternal health care, and others lack access to basic post-rape health screening, post-traumatic care, social support and rape counselling, according to HRW; whereas the Commission has stated that where pregnancy causes unbearable suffering women must have access to the full range of sexual and reproductive health services based on their medical condition, therefore asserting that international humanitarian law shall in any case prevail;

1.  Strongly condemns Boko Haram crimes, including terrorist raids and suicide bombings in Chad, Cameroon and Niger; stands with the victims and conveys its condolences to all families who have lost loved ones; denounces the ongoing relentless violence in the Nigerian Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states and other cities in the country;

2.  Deplores the acts which have led to the mass displacement of innocent children and calls for immediate coordinated international action to assist the work of UN agencies and NGOs in preventing displaced children and youths from being subjected to sexual slavery, other forms of sexual violence and kidnappings and from being forced into armed conflict against civilian, government and military targets in Nigeria by the Boko Haram terrorist sect; stresses the paramount need to duly protect children’s rights in Nigeria, a country in which over 40% of the total population is aged between 0 and 14;

3.  Believes that in the cases of children formerly associated with Boko Haram or other armed groups, non-judicial measures should be considered as an alternative to prosecution and detention;

4.  Welcomes the recent announcement by the Commission of additional funds to boost urgent humanitarian aid to the region; expresses, however, serious concerns about the funding gap between commitments and actual payments for UNICEF operations in the region by the international community at large; calls on donors to meet their commitments without delay in order to address the chronic need for access to basic provisions such as drinking water, basic health care and education;

5.  Calls on the President of Nigeria and his newly appointed Federal Government to adopt strong measures to protect the civilian population, to put special emphasis on the protection of women and girls, to make women’s rights and children’s rights a priority when fighting extremism, to provide help for victims and to prosecute wrongdoers, and to ensure women’s participation in decision-making at all levels;

6.  Calls on the Nigerian Government to launch, as promised by President Buhari, an urgent, independent and thorough investigation into crimes under international law and other serious human rights violations by all parties to the conflict;

7.  Welcomes the change in military leadership and demands that all human rights abuses and crimes committed by both terrorists and Nigerian security forces be investigated in order to address the lack of accountability observed under the former presidency; welcomes the pledge made by President Buhari to investigate evidence that Nigerian military forces have committed serious human rights violations, war crimes and acts which may constitute crimes against humanity;

8.  Urges the President of the Federal Republic to address the challenges involved in abiding by all campaign promises and the latest statements, the most important of which are defeating the terrorist threat, making respect for human rights and humanitarian law a central pillar of military operations, bringing back the Chibok girls and all other abducted women and children alive and unharmed, addressing the ever growing problem of malnutrition, and fighting corruption and impunity in order to deter future abuses and work towards justice for every victim;

9.  Urges the Nigerian authorities and the international community to work closely together and to increase efforts to reverse the continuous trend towards the further displacement of people; welcomes the determination expressed at the Niamey Regional Summit of 20 and 21 January 2015 by the 13 participating countries, and in particular the commitment of Chad, together with Cameroon and Niger, to engage in the fight against the terrorist threats of Boko Haram; calls on the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) to observe international human rights and humanitarian law conscientiously in its operations against Boko Haram; reiterates that a military approach alone will not suffice to counter the Boko Haram insurgency;

10.  Recalls that Boko Haram’s origins are rooted in grievances over poor governance, pervasive corruption and stark inequalities in Nigerian society; urges the Nigerian authorities to eliminate corruption, mismanagement and inefficiencies within the public institutions and the army, and to promote fair taxation; calls for the adoption of measures to starve Boko Haram of its sources of illegal income through cooperation with neighbouring countries, in particular with regard to smuggling and trafficking;

11.  Urges the international community to help Nigeria and the neighbouring countries who host refugees (Cameroon, Chad and Niger) to provide all necessary medical and psychological assistance to those in need; appeals to the authorities in the sub-region to ensure ease of access to the full range of sexual and reproductive health services for women and girls who have been raped, in accordance with the common Article 3 of the Geneva Conventions; stresses the need to implement a universal standard for the treatment of war rape victims and to ensure the primacy of international humanitarian law in situations of armed conflict; expresses its full sympathy with women and children who have survived the blind terrorism perpetrated by Boko Haram; calls for the establishment of specialised education programmes aimed at women and children who are victims of war and society as a whole, to help them overcome the terror experienced, to give appropriate and comprehensive information, to combat stigmas and social exclusion and to help them become valued members of society;

12.  Urges the Commission to prioritise assistance for uprooted children and youths in Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad and Niger, with particular attention on protection from all forms of ferocity and gender violence and on access to education, healthcare and safe drinking water, within the framework of the Emergency Trust Fund for stability and addressing root causes of irregular migration and displaced persons in Africa;

13.  Calls on the Nigerian Government to take measures to facilitate the return of displaced persons, especially children, to guarantee their safety, and to assist NGOs in their efforts to improve conditions in the camps for people displaced by the conflict by, inter alia, improving hygiene and sanitation in order to prevent the possible spread of disease;

14.  Instructs its President to forward this resolution to the Council, the Commission, the Vice-President of the Commission / High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, the governments and parliaments of the Member States, the Government and the Parliament of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, and the representatives of the ECOWAS and the African Union.

The Paul G. Allen Ebola Program Awards $11 Million in New Grants, Continuing Its Support of Innovative Solutions to Help Prevent Future Outbreaks From Becoming Epidemics

SEATTLE, Oct. 7, 2015 / PRNewswire — It’s been nearly a year since philanthropist and entrepreneur Paul G. Allen pledged $100 million to help tackle the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, the single largest private gift to fight the disease. While critical progress has been made over the past year, the 2014 West Africa Ebola outbreak exposed significant gaps in the world’s ability to effectively respond to global health crises. Past experience suggests that the world is likely to confront another major outbreak fueled by similar challenges confronted in this outbreak: gaps in infrastructure and logistics, a lack of data and coordination, and inadequate diagnostics.

Follow the link below to view the full interactive infographic, illustrating how we can apply the lessons learned from the 2014 West Africa Ebola Outbreak to help break the cycle of outbreaks becoming epidemics in the future: http://ow.ly/T5SbV.

Photo – http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20151007/274832-INFO

Today—in response to Mr. Allen’s call to action for ideas on how to overcome these challenges and get ahead of the next outbreak—Vulcan Inc.’s Paul G. Allen Ebola Program is awarding seven grants, totaling $11 million, to organizations that are taking innovative approaches to tackling these gaps. The grants, which are intended to disrupt the cycle of epidemics and shorten the time in which the world responds to health crises, are part of Mr. Allen’s efforts to help ensure that tools are in place to prevent future outbreaks from escalating into epidemics.

Paul G. Allen Ebola Program Grants:

Emergency infrastructure and logistics:

World Food Programme – With an $829,865 grant, the World Food Programme will leverage its experience with interagency humanitarian logistics and extensive in-country presence to develop a virtual supply chain ahead of future pandemic response operations. The project will enable the wider humanitarian community to more quickly secure much-needed goods and services in future pandemic emergency operations.
The Food Protection and Defense Institute, University of MinnesotaWith a $1 million grant, the Food Protection and Defense Institute will utilize big data and predictive analytics to identify emerging disease outbreaks and improve the resilience of health care supply chains.
Baylor College of MedicineWith a $1.5 million grant, as part of its overall concept for a rapidly deployable Ebola treatment facility, Baylor College of Medicine will design and build pharmacy and lab pod prototypes and design a triage unit with a more space-efficient, expandable structure for easier deployment, setup and multifunctionality.

Diagnostics:

ChembioWith a $2.1 million grant, Chembio will use its patented Dual Path Platform (DPP®) technology to develop a point-of-care diagnostic to simultaneously detect malaria, dengue, Ebola, Lassa, Marburg and chikungunya, using a single patient sample.
BD (Becton, Dickinson and Co.) – With a $2.79 million grant, BD will partner with an international set of academic institutions to develop a cost-effective, easy-to-use and rapid diagnostic test for the Ebola virus disease with the ability to investigate other potential sources of fever.
Foundation for Innovative New DiagnosticsWith a $1.97 million grant, FIND will provide technical support as well as access to critical reagents and clinical specimens, and coordinate feasibility studies of newly developed diagnostic tests in their settings of intended use.

Data strengthening and coordination:

UNOCHAWith a $1.02 million grant, UNOCHA will integrate data systems and offer data services to partners across West Africa. It will also enhance its open data platform, the Humanitarian Data Exchange, with new features for data sharing and analysis.

“The 2014 West Africa Ebola outbreak exposed significant gaps in the world’s ability to effectively contain emerging infectious diseases,” said Barbara Bennett, Vulcan Inc. president and chief operating officer. “We’re committed to helping ensure the next outbreak doesn’t become the next epidemic. While the world cannot stop every outbreak, we can apply innovative solutions to more effectively fill the gaps and better prepare communities worldwide to quickly stamp out global health threats.”

The Seattle-based Paul G. Allen Ebola Program team comprises seasoned experts in public health and emergency response. The program partners with infectious disease leaders and practitioners worldwide, and draws from a myriad of resources and experts in Mr. Allen’s broader organization, Vulcan Inc.

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For more information about the Paul G. Allen Ebola Program, please visit http://www.paulallen.com/interests/philanthropy/key-initiatives/ebola-program.

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Le Programme Ebola de Paul G. Allen accorde 11 millions USD de nouvelles subventions, renforçant son soutien des solutions innovantes qui éviteront que les flambées futures ne deviennent des épidémies

SEATTLE, 7 octobre 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Presqu’un an s’est déjà écoulé depuis que le philanthrope et entrepreneur Paul G. Allen s’est engagé à contribuer 100 millions USD pour circonscrire la flambée du virus Ebola en Afrique occidentale, le plus important don privé de lutte contre la maladie. Bien que des progrès critiques aient été réalisés au cours de l’année passée, la flambée du virus Ebola en Afrique occidentale en 2014 a exposé des lacunes significatives dans la capacité du monde à répondre avec efficacité aux crises sanitaires mondiales. L’expérience du passé suggère que le monde risque de confronter une autre flambée majeure alimentée par des défis similaires à ceux qui ont été confrontés lors de la dernière flambée : des lacunes en termes d’infrastructure et de logistique, un manque de données et de coordination, et des diagnostics inadéquats.

Follow the link below to view the full interactive infographic, illustrating how we can apply the lessons learned from the 2014 West Africa Ebola Outbreak to help break the cycle of outbreaks becoming epidemics in the future: http://ow.ly/T5SbV.

Photo – http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20151007/274832-INFO

Aujourd’hui, en réponse à l’appel à l’action de M. Allen pour des idées sur la façon de surmonter ces défis et devancer la prochaine flambée, le Programme Ebola de Paul G. Allen de Vulcan Inc. accorde sept subventions totalisant 11 millions USD à des organisations qui adoptent des approches innovantes envers la résolution de ces lacunes. Ces subventions, dont l’objectif est de perturber le cycle des épidémies et réduire les délais d’intervention du monde aux crises sanitaires, sont parmi les efforts déployés par M. Allen pour faire en sorte que des outils soient en place pour éviter que les flambées futures ne se transforment en épidémies.

Subventions du Programme Ebola de Paul G. Allen :

Infrastructure et logistique d’urgence :

Programme alimentaire mondial  – Grâce à une subvention de 829 865 USD, le Programme alimentaire mondial mettra à profit son expérience en logistique humanitaire inter-organisations et sa présence extensive dans le pays pour développer une chaîne d’approvisionnement virtuelle avec une longueur d’avance sur les opérations de réponse aux pandémies futures. Le projet permettra à l’ensemble de la communauté humanitaire d’obtenir plus rapidement des biens et des services essentiels dans le cadre d’opérations d’urgence pandémique futures.
Institut de protection et de défense des aliments de l’Université du MinnesotaGrâce à une subvention de 1 million USD, l’Institut de protection et de défense des aliments utilisera des analyses de mégadonnées et prédictives pour identifier les épidémies de maladies et améliorer la résilience des chaînes logistiques de soins de santé.
Baylor College of MedicineGrâce à une subvention de 1,5 million USD, dans l’optique de son concept global pour un centre de traitement Ebola rapidement déployable, le Baylor College of Medicine concevra et construira une pharmacie et des prototypes de modules de laboratoire, ainsi qu’une unité de triage d’une structure extensible plus compacte facilitant le déploiement, la configuration et la polyvalence.

Diagnostics :

Chembio Grâce à une subvention de 2,1 millions USD, Chembio utilisera sa technologie brevetée Dual Path Platform (DPP®) pour développer un diagnostic de point d’intervention dans le but de détecter simultanément le paludisme, la dengue, Ebola, la fièvre de Lassa, la maladie de Marburg et la fièvre de chikungunya, en utilisant un seul échantillon de patient.
BD (Becton, Dickinson and Co.) – Grâce à une subvention de 2,79 millions USD, BD s’associera à un groupe international d’établissements universitaires pour développer un test diagnostique économique, convivial et rapide pour la maladie du virus Ebola, avec la capacité de rechercher d’autres sources potentielles de fièvre.
Foundation for Innovative New DiagnosticsGrâce à une subvention de 1,97 million USD, FIND fournira un soutien technique et un accès à des réactifs et des spécimens cliniques critiques, et assurera la coordination d’études de faisabilité sur des tests diagnostiques nouvellement développés dans les cadres où leur utilisation est prévue.

Renforcement et coordination des données :

UNOCHA Grâce à une subvention de 1,02 million USD, UNOCHA (Bureau de la coordination des affaires humanitaires des Nations-Unies) intègrera les systèmes de données et offrira des services de données à des partenaires d’Afrique occidentale. L’organisme optimisera également sa plateforme de données ouverte, l’Échange de données humanitaire, avec de nouvelles fonctionnalités de partage et d’analyse des données.

« L’épidémie d’Ebola de 2014 en Afrique occidentale a exposé des lacunes significatives dans la capacité du monde à circonscrire efficacement des maladies infectieuses émergentes », a déclaré Barbara Bennett, directrice de l’exploitation chez Vulcan Inc. « Nous sommes engagés à faire en sorte que la prochaine flambée ne devienne pas la prochaine épidémie. Bien que le monde ne puisse pas contenir chaque flambée, nous pouvons appliquer des solutions innovantes pour combler plus efficacement les lacunes et mieux préparer les communautés du monde entier à circonscrire les menaces sanitaires mondiales. »

L’équipe du Programme Ebola de Paul G. Allen, qui est basée à Seattle, est constituée d’experts chevronnés en santé publique et interventions d’urgence. Le programme entretient des partenariats avec des leaders et des praticiens en maladies infectieuses du monde entier et s’appuie sur une foule de ressources et d’experts dans l’entreprise de M. Allen, Vulcan Inc.

Pour en savoir plus :

Pour en savoir plus sur le Programme Ebola de Paul G. Allen, veuillez consulter http://www.paulallen.com/interests/philanthropy/key-initiatives/ebola-program.

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Nasdaq Announces New Corporate Threat Preparedness Series –‘POINT’

Cyber Security to be the Inaugural Topic to Coincide With National Cyber Security Awareness Month

NEW YORK, Oct. 7, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — NEW YORK, Oct. 7, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Nasdaq (Nasdaq:NDAQ) today announced a new global initiative under the acronym, POINT (Perspectives, Opportunities and Insights on the Next Threat). The quarterly corporate-focused series will take a best practices approach to identifying the coming corporate threats and how companies and their boards can prepare for and find opportunities in these potential threats to their business.

To coincide with October’s U.S. National Cyber Security Awareness Month, cyber security will be the inaugural topic in the Nasdaq POINT Series. Other planned topics in the series will include activism, M&A, intellectual property protection, global talent wars, among others. The Nasdaq POINT Series will be delivered through engaging webinars, white papers and in-person events – and will include subject matter experts and other luminaries to share up-to-date information and recommendations.

“The greatest threats to businesses are those that the companies are unprepared to address,” said Adena Friedman, President, Nasdaq. “By creating POINT, Nasdaq is demonstrating a commitment to our clients by looking around corners at the approaching threats to their business, and sharing best practices that are imperative to running a successful regional or global enterprise.”

As part of the POINT initiative’s initial focus on cyber security, Nasdaq will be conducting a variety of activities throughout October and Q4 including:

— An independent research report with Tanium on the challenges facing board of directors and executive teams around cybersecurity awareness and readiness, questions to be asked of executive teams, and actionable guidance on how to have a meaningful board level dialogue around security posture and risk;
— Corporate Solutions fire side chat client video with Nasdaq CISO Lou Modano on cyber security challenges and management for corporates;
— October 21 – hosting National Cyber Security Alliance’s annual cyber day at MarketSite, including Closing Bell ceremony, press conference and luncheon. This year’s theme is “Challenges and Opportunities to Securing the Internet of Things.”
— October 26 – CIO Thought Leadership Forum on Cyber Security at MarketSite, hosted by Nasdaq CIO Brad Peterson;
— October 29 – Directors Desk will host a live panel discussion from Nasdaq global headquarters for boards and corporate secretaries, “Cybersecurity – What Board Members Need to Know.”

“There is absolutely no disputing that cyber security is easily among the top five issues that are front and center on the minds of every C-level executive running a company,” said Lou Modano, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer. “Our goal with POINT is to aggregate and share our knowledge and best practices beyond Nasdaq to positively impact how the capital markets ecosystem advances their cyber security efforts.”

More information about the POINT series including access to events will be made available at: business.nasdaq.com.

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Fourteen killed in suicide attacks in Nigeria

NNA – At least 14 people were killed in three separate suicide bomb attacks in Damaturu, northeast Nigeria, on Wednesday, the country’s National Emergency Management Agency said.

The blasts came after Boko Haram militants this week claimed to have carried out three suicide attacks on the outskirts of the capital, Abuja, last Friday that left 18 dead and 41 injured.

Suspicion will likely fall on the Islamist rebels, who have repeatedly attacked Damaturu during their bloody, six-year insurgency.

Last month, a girl thought to be aged 12 killed six and injured 47 when the explosives she was carrying went off outside a bus station in the Yobe state capital.

NEMA coordinator for Yobe state Bashir Idris Garga said the first blast happened at a small food store at a housing estate, killing four.

Another near a mosque killed one, while nine, including a family, lost their lives when another bomber exploded at a Fulani settlement on the outskirts of the city.

“Total injured 10, seven partially injured and three critically injured,” Garga said in a text message.

Boko Haram has reverted to attacking “soft” civilian targets after last year’s land grab that saw it seize towns and villages across Yobe and neighboring Borno and Adamawa states.

Nigeria’s military has claimed a series of successes against the insurgents and on Wednesday claimed to have killed scores of rebel fighters during clashes with troops south of Damaturu.

Army spokesman Colonel Sani Usman said fighters attempted to attack a battalion of soldiers in Goniri, some 60 kilometers by road southeast of Damaturu, in the early hours of Wednesday.

“During the encounter our gallant troops successfully repelled the attacked and inflicted heavy casualty on the invading terrorists as all of them were killed,” he said in a statement.

“On the last count over 100 terrorists bodies were seen.”

Seven soldiers were killed and nine others injured in the fighting, which also saw troops recover arms and ammunition, including primed improvised explosive devices.

Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari has set his military commanders a three-month deadline to early November to end the violence, which has left at least 17,000 dead since 2009.

But he has conceded that bomb and suicide attacks in urban areas could continue. More than 1,260 people have been killed since he took office on May 29, according to an AFP tally.

Boko Haram has meanwhile continued to attack neighboring Chad, Niger and Cameroon.

On Tuesday, 11 soldiers were killed and 13 injured in a Boko Haram attack on Chadian positions across the border; 17 insurgents were also killed in the pre-dawn strike, Chad’s army said.

Suicide attacks on Sunday in the city of Diffa, southeast Niger, killed a gendarme and five civilians. —AFP

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