Two female suicide bombers have detonated explosives at a camp for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Borno state, killing about eight people, a community security force member and a customs official said on Thursday.
Reuters gathered that the bombings occurred at about 8:00am (0700 GMT) on Wednesday in the town of Banki on the edge of Borno State, near the border with Cameroon.
Details of the attack were not brought to light in good time as Banki is remote and largely disconnected from mobile phone networks.
“Two female suicide bombers who were initially thought to be IDPs blew themselves up in the camp,” Khalid Aji, a member of a grassroots community security group based in Konduga, a Borno district nearly 100km from Banki, told Reuters.
“The first one occurred at about 8:00am and the second followed few minutes later. Eight people died and 12 were wounded.”
Aji said members of his organisation in Banki who helped to evacuate victims gave him details of the attack, adding that there has been no claim of responsibility for the attack.
Corroborating with Aji, a senior Nigeria Customs Service official, who pleaded anonymity, also said eight people were killed while 15 others were injured.
In February 2016, a similar attack had killed 60 displaced persons at the refugee camp in Borno.