From Mustapha Isah Kwaru, Maiduguri
Borno state police command yesterday confirmed the early morning multiple suicide attacks in Maiduguri, saying the bombers were the only dead casualties, while eight civilians were wounded.
Our correspondent reports that residents were thrown into fear following horrifying sounds of multiple explosions
State Police Commissioner; Mr. Damian Chukwu who disclosed this in a statement, revealed that, the incidents involved four female suicide bombers who attempted to sneak into Maiduguri from an outskirt.
He explained that, “Today 7/11/2017 at about 0820, four (4) female suicide bombers attempted to infiltrate Maiduguri township through a farmland behind the parapet in London Sudan of kaleri area, Jere LGA. On sighting the joint security personnel deployed along the parapet, the first bomber hurriedly detonated her suicide vest killing herself and a second suicide bomber in the farmland”.
“As a result of the explosion, farmers who were running back to town were stopped and screened at the entry point through the parapet by security personnel. In the process, a third female bomber sneaked into the group of persons being screened and detonated her suicide vest, killing herself alone while eight (8) others including a member of civilian JTF, sustained various degrees of injuries,” the statement said.
“ In the ensuing stampede, a fourth suicide bomber was sighted by vigilant security personnel while trying to cross the parapet, and was gunned down. Her unexploded suicide vest and that of the second suicide bomber were rendered safe, and the area sanitized by police EOD team who were mobilized to the scene”.
“ The injured were evacuated to University of Maiduguri teaching hospital and are responding to treatment, while normalcy has since been restored to the area,”