By Michael Olugbode in Maiduguri

Sixteen persons were killed Sunday night when suicide bombers attacked two locations in Maiduguri, the capital of Borno State, by detonating the improvised explosive devices (IEDs) strapped on their bodies.

The Commissioner of Police, Borno State Command, Mr. Damien Chukwu, in an SMS sent to journalists Monday, said the attacks happened at the notorious Muna garage area where many had been killed in the past by the suicide bombers, and at Muna Dalti.

The message of the commissioner read: “On 22-10-2017. Date at about 2020hrs, a male suicide bomber detonated IED strapped on him at Muna Garage killing himself and thirteen persons with five injured.

“In another development at Muna Dalti two female suicide bombers detonated same killing themselves & injured thirteen.”

Chukwu revealed that the injured persons had been conveyed to the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital (UMTH) for treatment, while the corpses of the dead had been equally evacuated from the scenes of the attack.

He said: “EOD/other police teams have been deployed to sanitise scenes & environs.

“In all, 16 persons were killed while 18 others were injured in the three explosions.”