Michael Olugbode, in Maiduguri
Eighteen persons were wednesday killed in Borno State as suicide bombers launched audacious attacks on the troubled town.
Twenty-nine persons were injured in the attacks that threw the state capital into panic.
It was learnt that four suicide bombers, two males and two females, targeted a community in the outskirts of Maiduguri, the birthplace of Boko Haram.
The attacks were believed to be sponsored by Boko Haram, as they had all the terrorist groupâ€™s handwriting on them.
Confirming the attacks in a statement, the spokesman of Police in the troubled state, Victor Isuku, a Deputy Superintendent of Police, said: â€œToday 15/11/2017, at about 1813hrs, four suicide bombers, two males and two females, infiltrated Muna Gari community in konduga local government area, and detonated IED strapped to their bodies at different locations.
â€œThe first explosion occurred at a prayer ground, while the other explosions occurred thereafter, all within the community.â€
He said: â€œA total of eighteen persons including the four suicide bombers, died in the multiple explosions. While twenty nine others sustained various degrees of injuries and were rushed to University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital and State Specialist Hospital for medical attention.â€
Isuku added that: â€œPolice patrol /EOD teams promptly mobilized to the scene to sanitize and render the area safe.â€
He said: â€œNormalcy has been restored to the community.â€