From Mustapha Isah Kwaru, Maiduguri
The number of dead victims in the Wednesday evening multiple suicide attacks in the outskirt of Maiduguri has risen to 20, our correspondent reports.
The Borno State Police Command on Wednesday night had earlier put the death toll at 18.
Spokesman of the Command DSP Isuku Victor confirmed this in a statement yesterday, saying 18 civilians including four suicide bombers died, while 29 others seriously injured.
But sources at one of the hospitals where the injured ones were rushed for treatment said, two out of the injured ones could not make it as they died following excessive bleeding.
According to the statement ,the multiple blasts took place around Muna Gari Community of the metropolis.
“Today 15/11/2017, at about 1813hrs, four suicide bombers, two males and two females, infiltrated Muna Gari community in konduga LGA, and detonated IED strapped to their bodies at different locations.
“The first explosion occurred at a prayer ground, while the other explosions occurred thereafter, all within the community. A total of eighteen persons including the four suicide bombers, died in the multiple explosions”, the statement said.
“While twenty nine others sustained various degrees of injuries and were rushed to university of Maiduguri teaching hospital/State Specialist Hospital for medical attention . Police patrol /Explosive Ordinance Department (EOD) teams promptly mobilized to the scene to sanitize and render the area safe. Normalcy has been restored to the community,” it added