Suicide Bombers Kill 18, Injure 22 In Borno

By Timothy Olanrewaju

Three suicide bombers; two female and a male, sneaked into a fish market (Kasuwan Kifi) at Sabon Gari, remote community in Konduga Local Government at the outskirts of Maiduguri on Friday night, the police said.

Commissioner of Police, Borno State, Mr Damian Chukwu said the bombers infiltrated the market after his men had cleared the area of congestion earlier in the day to avoid security breach.

“There were many people there frying bean cake (kose/akara), yams and other consumables. There are also young men playing snookers there. The bombers detonated explosives at about 8pm yesterday (Friday night), killing themselves and 18 others. Twenty others were also injured,” Chukwu disclosed.

army-boko-haram5-330x242The CP said the police Explosive Ordinance Department (EOD) was “quickly dispersed” to the scene to clear the environment of possible unexploded bombs. He also said those injured have been evacuated and rushed to the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital (UMTH) for treatment.

The bomb attack came barely two days after the military warned residents to be “extra-vigilant.” Theatre Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole, Maj Gen Rogers Nocholas at a press conference last Wednesday said some of the insurgents who may have fled military bombardment at Sambisa, Boko Haram stronghold and around the Lake Chad Basin area could sneak into the city or town to perpetrate suicide attacks.


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