The Borno Police Command has confirmed the death of four persons after an attempt by three suspected suicide bombers to infiltrate Umarari Village, near molai general hospital, along Damboa road in Maiduguri, the State capital.
It is understood that the seven persons comprising of three Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), a civilian JTF and the three suicide bombers – a male and two females – were killed, while eight others sustained various degrees of injuries in the suicide attack.
In a statement issued on Sunday, Mr Victor Isuku, the spokesman of the command said that three bombers had attempted to infiltrate Maiduguri at about 9.00 p.m. on Saturday.
“At about 2100hrs of Saturday, three suicide bombers, a male and two female, attempted to infiltrate Maiduguri town through Umarari village in Molai general area.
“They were sighted and challenged by civilian Joint Task Force (JTF) member, a government-approved militia group.’’ They detonated the IEDs strapped to their bodies while running to different directions.”
“Four people which include a Civilian JTF, a woman and her two children died while eight others sustained injuries, and have been taken to hospital,” Isuku stated.
The Boko Haram insurgency has killed more than 15,000 people since 2009 and forced some two million to flee their homes.
Although the Nigerian army, backed up by neighbours, has retaken most areas held by the group, the jihadists still operate in the area of Rann, slipping over the porous Cameroon border after attacks.