Michael Olugbode in Maiduguri
Five suicide bombers were wednesday killed in Maiduguri by premature detonation of explosives strapped on them.
The five suicide bombers, two males and three females, according to a security source who spoke on account of anonymity with THISDAY, were killed by a premature detonation of the explosive strapped on one of them, which led to the death of the whole group.
According to the source, the five had explosive strapped on them and the premature explosion of one led to a spiral of explosion that was greeted by a loud bang.
The source said the suicide bombers tried to sneak into Maiduguri on Tuesday night through Mamanti village around Jiddari Polo at about 7p.m.
The security source in a text message to THISDAY, said: â€œSequel to a loud explosion ahead of Mamanti village around Jidari Polo general area on June 27, 2017 at 1900hrs, soldiers in conjunction with CJTF deployed at Jiddari Polo conducted patrol in the early hours of today (Wednesday).
â€œDuring the patrol, dead bodies of five suicide bombers; two male and three females, were discovered about four kilometres ahead of Mamanti village.
â€œOne of the bodies was mutilated following a detonated IED while others were still fresh with injuries and IEDs strapped on their bodies. Their target was Maiduguri Metropolis, but before the suicide bombers could infilterate the town, one of the IEDS exploded which killed all five suicide bombers.â€
Attempts to get confirmation from the police at the time of filing this report yesterday evening was unsuccessful.
The spokesman of the Borno Police Command, Victor Isuku, did not respond to enquiries sent to his mobile line.