By Michael Olugbode in Maiduguri
No fewer than 18 persons, including three suicide bombers, were killed, while 24 others were injured on Wednesday night in multiple suicide attacks in some parts of Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.
The Commissioner of Police, Borno State Command, Mr. Damian Chukwu, disclosed this at a press briefing Thursday, saying the attacks were carried out by three female suicide bombers.
Chukwu said: “There were multiple suicide bomb attacks by suspected Boko Haram terrorists as three female suicide bombers detonated IEDs strapped on their bodies. The first explosion occurred at about 1835hrs in a mosque at Goni Kachallari village, Jere Local Government Area, in the outskirts of Maiduguri. The bomber blew herself up when Muslim faithful were coming out from the mosque. The bomber and six others died, while 18 others are wounded.”
According to him, the second incident happened at about 9:20pm when another female bomber stormed the premises of Chad Basic Development Authority, Maiduguri and detonated the IED on her body, resulting in the death of the bomber and three others.
“The third bomber blew herself up across the road outside the Chad Basic Development Authority, killing herself and one other. Police Explosive Ordinance Device teams were promptly dispatched to the scenes to sanitise and render the area safe,” he added.