Eight killed in Maiduguri suicide attacks

Maiduguri BlastAt least eight people were reportedly killed in Sunday night’s suicide bomb attacks on the outskirt of Maiduguri, Borno State.

A security source said three of the dead victims are the suicide bombers, all females, while an operative of the Civilian joint task force also died in the blasts.

More than two loud bangs were heard at 10:30 p.m., sending residents to scamper for safety.

Another security source said the multiple explosions occurred at  Kaleri village on the outskirt of the state capital.

Both scenes have been reportedly swept and rendered safe for public access by police.

The state police public relations officer, Victor Isuku, who confirmed the incident, said two separate attacks were recorded on Sunday night and were both orchestrated by Boko Haram suicide bombers in their attempts to infiltrate Maiduguri.

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The PPRO said, “At about 2020hrs on Sunday,08/01/2017, three male suicide bombers shot sporadically and attempted to infiltrate Maiduguri via Garki Muna village close to a military checkpoint. The IED strapped to their bodies exploded killing all of them, and a civilian JTF. Two Ak47 rifles were recovered, while one was completely destroyed as a result of the explosion.

“Then about 2230hrs same date, there were two suicide bomb attacks at Kaleri area of Gwange. Four persons including two female suicide bombers died in the explosion. Both scenes were swept and rendered safe for public access by personnel from EOD, FSARS and patrol teams of the command at the wee hours of today (Monday). Normalcy has since returned to these areas.”