Niger – Two suicide bombings left five civilians and a policeman dead in Niger, according to a humanitarian worker that was reported on the 5 Oct 15. There were 10 deaths in total: a policeman, five civilians and the four suicide-bombers. The assailants, all armed with explosive belts, were going after military targets, but they were unable to hit any said a source. There was no immediate claim of responsibility though suspicion fell upon Boko Haram.
Nigeria – Multiple bombs detonated in two locations of the Nigerian capital, Abuja, killed at least 15 people, the National Emergency Management Agency said on the 3 Oct 15. The explosions on the night of the 2 Oct 15 were in Nyanya and Kuje, both satellite towns of Abuja. Thirteen people died in the blast in Kuje and two in Nyanya. At least 41 people were wounded. No group has claimed responsibility but the attack has attributes of others by Boko Haram. Boko Haram extremists have largely been carrying out attacks in the country's northeast but occasionally have attacked other towns. Nigeria's military on Thursday also accused Boko Haram of poisoning water sources in the northeastern Nigeria, some cattle were killed after drinking water from some poisoned sources.
At least 18 people were killed and dozens more injured in attacks in Nigeria, according to police. In addition to the deaths, dozens more were injured in the three separate suicide bombings carried out on the 7 Oct 15 across Damaturu, the capital Yobe state in northeast Nigeria, police said. The blasts targeted a mosque, a shop and a Fulani settlement on the city's outskirts. The blasts came after Boko Haram fighters 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 probably fall on the armed group, who have repeatedly attacked Damaturu during their 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 Damaturu. 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 neighbouring Borno and Adamawa states.
Somalia – Al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabaab militants have captured two towns in central Somalia, taking advantage of the absence of either Somali or African Union forces in the area it was reported on the 4 Oct 15. “Amara and Ba’adwayn are now under full control of al-Shabaab,” said a senior regional official. Local militias had also fled the area, further facilitating the capture of the territories by the Takfiri group. According to the report, there were no Somali soldiers or African Union troops in the two towns at the time of the militant raid. Shabaab has been behind the violence and chaos in Somalia since 2006, targeting key government and security figures in the country. The militants have been pushed out of Mogadishu and other major cities in the African country by government troops and the African Union Mission to Somalia, known as AMISOM. However, they have continued to wage attacks in Mogadishu and other cities. On the 19 Sep 15 the militants killed 12 Somali soldiers in an attack carried out south of Mogadishu. Two days later, a Shabaab bomber rammed his explosive-laden vehicle into the gate of the presidential compound in the capital, killing 11 people.