Suicide Bombers Kill Selves, 6 Others in Damboa, Borno State

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By Senator Iroegbu in Abuja

The two suicide bombers suspected to be members of Boko Haram, have killed themselves and six others through explosions in a Mosque in Damboa, Borno State.

The Director of Army Public Relations (DAPR), Col. Sani Usman, in a statement yesterday, said that at about 5.15am on Thursday, two Boko Haram terrorist suicide bombers attacked Damboa.

The first suicide bomber targeted Damboa Central Mosque but due to stringent security measures, he could not gain entry. Obviously frustrated, he blew up himself near the Central mosque,” Usman said.

However, he added, the second bomber veered off and gained entry into another smaller mosque and detonated the bomb killing himself and six other worshippers and injuring one other person.

He stated that the wounded had been evacuated to a hospital while efforts were on to clear the rubbles.

He also noted that the troops and other security agencies had been mobilised to the area.

In a related development, Usman said that suspected elements of Boko Haram terrorists in a survival bid attacked Gaskeri village ahead of Dalori Thursday evening, where they killed three civilian vigilantes and looted foodstuffs”.

He assured that the “troops have been mobilised and they are on the suspected terrorists’ trail”.

The Army spokesman also stressed that “as part of the efforts to keep Maiduguri-Dikwa-Gamboru Ngala road open and safe, troops of 3 Battalion, 22 Brigade yesterday escorted four trailers and 44 other vehicles from Dikwa to Gamboru Ngala Thursday”.

He disclosed that the escort duties would continue.

He further stated that the troops of 3 Battalion ambushed Boko Haram terrorists at Gajibo crossing point and recovered one AK-47 rifle loaded with magazine, a transistor radio and a knife on July 6, 2016.