Saturday, August 5, 2017 1:24 pm
No fewer than three suicide bombers were killed by the military on Friday in the Simari area of Maiduguri.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the incident occurred at Simari, outskirt of Maiduguri at about 10p.m. when a male and two female suicide bombers tried to infiltrate the town.
The attack came barely 16 hours after dogs foiled attempt by two suicide bombers who tried to hit a hospital at Moloi area of Maiduguri.
A witness, Amin Audu, said that the insurgents took advantage of the night to gain access into Maiduguri.
Audu said that the insurgents were intercepted by military personnel deployed to the area, who neutralised there attempts.
He said that the soldiers shot the male suicide bomber, forcing the explosive strapped to his body to detonate.
“The powerful blast also made the explosives strapped to the other ladies to detonate and killing them instantly,” he said.
According to him, two members of the Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF) also sustained various degrees of injuries from the blast.
Malam Abdullahi Danbatta, the spokesman of the CJTF, confirmed that two of their members were wounded in the attacks.
The military authorities and the police were yet to issue statement on the incident at press time.
The Borno Police Command on Saturday confirmed that three suicide bombers were killed in Simari area of Maiduguri.
Mr Victor Isuzu, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), made this known in a statement in Maiduguri on Saturday.
Isuzu said that the incident, when three suicide bombers, a male and two females attempted to penetrate the Simari community in Mafa Local Government Area.
“The suicide bombers were chased by security personnel in the ensuing stampede and in an attempt to escape arrest, the suicide bombers hurriedly detonated the IEDs strapped on their bodies killing themselves.
“However, two members of the security personnel sustained injuries and were rushed to University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital.
“Police and IED personnel visited the scene to secure and render the area safe,” he said.
Maiduguri and other liberated areas had witnessed upsurge of suicide bomb attacks in which many lives and property were lost in the past two months.
The insurgents had recently attacked a team of prospecting oil workers on exploration at Lake Chad Basin.
The insurgents also attacked Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps in Maiduguri and Dikwa Local Government Area of the state.
Also 14 women including police personnel were recently abducted by the insurgents.