Suicide Bombings Claim Six Lives In Maiduguri

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By Andah John with agency report

Police have confirmed the death of six persons resulting from some suicide bombings on Friday in Maiduguri, Borno State.

The Commissioner of Police in the State Damian Chukwu made the disclose to newsmen.

He said, “Aside from the explosion near a mobile Police location in Jiddari, we had two other suicide bombings along Maiduguri-Gamboru road.

“In the first case, a suspected male suicide bomber detonated his explosives after he was stopped at the entrance of the Muna Garage, killing himself instantly,” Chukwu said.

He also said that another suspected male suicide bomber detonated his explosives on the same road a few meters away. He killed himself and two local vigilantes called Civilian JTF.

Six confirmed dead

”In all, we recorded six deaths, comprising four suspected bombers and two vigilantes.

“This is about the sixth or seventh suspected suicide attack in the last couple of days. The Police and other security agents are working hard to stop the ugly trend,” Chukwu said.

Earlier, the command’s spokesman Victor Isuku, who confirmed the incident in a statement, said the explosion occurred in the early hours of Friday.

“By 3.50 am today, the mobile police personnel on guard duty, opposite the Federal High Court in Jiddari sighted three suspected suicide bombers; comprising two females and a male running toward their sandbag.

Police foil suicide attempt

“They ordered them to halt for questioning but they refused. In the process, one of the females detonated the Improvised Explosive Device (IED) strapped to her body. The IED killed her and one other male accomplice.

“The other female was arrested alive and subsequently handed over to the military for further necessary follow up actions,” he said.

Isuku added that the police have mobilised its bomb disposal personnel to further comb the area for possible IEDs.

“Police bomb disposal unit also mobilised to the scene to detonate IEDs on the bodies of the deceased suspected bombers.

“The second bang was as a result of the demolition of the remaining IEDs by police EOD unit,” he said.

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