Five killed, eight injured as suicide bombers strike Maiduguri
Two suicide bombers were killed on Thursday by the Nigerian Army as they tried to sneak into Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.
The army killed the dreaded members of the Boko Haram terrorist sect at the Mafa military checkpoint, about nine kilometres from the state capital as they tried to storm into town.
However, as Muna town heaved a sigh of relief, tragedy struck again as three teenage suicide bombers, who had successfully snuck into town, detonated their explosives.
One of the girls detonated hers at the Muna motor park. The other two attacked Muna Dalti, a community located opposite Muna Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp, killing two and injuring eight members of the Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF).
A Civilian JTF, Muhammadu Idris, told The Nation that the suicide bombers first struck around 11:30 pm at Muna Motor Park while the other attacks occurred at Muna Dalti around 2:00 a.m. this morning.
The Nation findings revealed that so far, five people have been killed including the suicide bombers.
Police Public Relations Officer, Victor Isuku, confirmed the incident although he stated that just one suicide bomber was killed.
“Yesterday at about 2318hrs, a suicide bomber sneaked into the midst of 13 pick up trucks loaded with goods along Maiduguri/Mafa road, said to be awaiting departure to Gamboru Ngala early hrs of today and detonated IEDs strapped on self. The resulting explosion razed down the parked vehicles beyond recognition. EOD/Police patrol team were promptly deployed to the scene to restore safety & normalcy,” he said.
The Nation however, authoritatively reports that the police arrived the scene around 8.30 am, about eight hours after the incident.